Tata to acquire BP’s stake in solar energy joint venture

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Tata Power Company Ltd (TPWR), India’s largest non-state utility, will buy BP’s stake in a joint solar venture after the London based company said it was exiting the business.

Tata signed an agreement to buy 51 per cent of the venture, taking full control of India’s third largest cell and panel maker, according to a statement from the company. Terms of the purchase weren’t disclosed.

“The favorable policy environment in India has led to an increase in the size of the solar module and solar cell market in India and is a great opportunity for the company to grow and capture a healthy market share,” Anil Sardana, an official from Tata Power said.

Tata said it will enter an agreement with BP to ensure access to certain technology until 2013. BP Solar told its staff in an internal letter earlier this month that business will wind down over several months because it has become unprofitable.

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