Volkswagen India plugs-in New Rooftop Solar Power Installation to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

The 8.5 MWp ‘green’, renewable energy project aims at 9020 tons per annum reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from the production process.

ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India went live with one of India’s largest rooftop Solar PV power installation project 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. Not only does the arrangement reduce the company’s dependency on non-renewal energy, the carbon offset achieved through the project is also a significant milestone in its goal towards carbon neutrality.

By sourcing energy from a renewable source, the Pune plant will reduce over 9000 tons of CO2  emission from its existing production process marking a significant step towards their 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.”

ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India has worked towards its pursuit of sustainable development, resource conservation, carbon footprint reduction, and cost optimization. The company has already made strong strides towards reducing environmental impact by becoming a zero liquid discharge facility, almost zero waste to landfill and implementation of high efficiency project to further improve its goal towards sustainable production.

Also, commenting on the launch, Pinaki Bhattacharyya, CEO AMP Energy India said “Automobile sector is on a tectonic shift globally to use renewable energy for production in their plants. 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.”

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