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With this solar rooftop project installation, the Pune plant of the company will reduce its CO2 emissions over 9000 tonne.
In a bid to harness the potential of the renewable energy, ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. (SAVWIPL) has recently announced installation of its largest rooftop solar PV power project in the auto industry globally and one of India’s largest rooftop installations at its manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune.
Strengthening its position as a green future factory, the additional capacity with a capacity of 8.5 mwp will offset between 15 to 20 per cent of the plant’s annual power requirement. The Solar PV plant has been installed under a develop-own-operate agreement with Amp Energy India, a global developer of flexible clean energy infrastructure, under a power purchase agreement for 25 years. Not only does the arrangement reduce the company’s dependency on non-renewal energy, the carbon offset achieved through the project is a significant milestone in its goal towards carbon neutrality.
With this, the Pune plant will reduce over 9000 tonne of CO2 emission from its existing production process marking a significant step toward SAVWIPL’s carbon neutral goal by 2030. The captive solar PV plant spread across a single roof area measuring 63,000 square meters of the body shop consists of 25770 highly efficient polycrystalline modules, will also reduce direct heat radiation in the shop. Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd., said, “The installation of the solar power generation project at our production facility in Pune reinforces our commitment towards building a ‘sustainable future’. We have taken a small but significant step towards contributing to India’s commitment to the world in reducing carbon footprint. With a vision of reducing the negative impact of our manufacturing operations towards the environment, we will endeavor to implement more environmentally sustainable projects in the future.”
Pinaki Bhattacharyya, CEO, AMP Energy India, said, “Automobile sector is on a tectonic shift globally to use renewable energy for production in their plants. The Volkswagen group has been leading the way in innovation and efficiency. It was a pleasure working with the collaborative and knowledgeable SKODA AUTO Volkswagen India team on this project. We are excited that this partnership resulted in a world class rooftop project that is amongst the largest solar rooftop project in India and would help the company minimize their carbon footprint and energy costs.”
Last year, the company inaugurated its first major Solar PV installationwith a capacity of 980 kw, at its manufacturing facility in Aurangabad. The Aurangabad solar plant produce upto 1.5 million kwh and contributes to the reduction of upto 922 tonne of carbon dioxide emissions annually.With the massive addition of photovoltaic completed at Pune plant, the technical capacity of Aurangabad and Pune combined stands at 9.4 mwp, saving close to 10,000 tonne of CO2 emissions annually. The combined technical capacity will be deriving almost 12 thousand times the per-capita electricity consumption in India entirely from solar radiation.
ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. is making headway towards its pursuit of sustainable development, resource conservation, carbon footprint reduction, and cost optimization.
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