Airtel Sets Up Its Largest Captive Solar Plant, 21 MW with Avaada

Jan 25, 2022 01:28 PM ET
  • Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Tuesday has actually revealed the commissioning of a new 21-megawatt solar energy plant in Buldhana district of Maharashtra.

The solar plant, spread over 80 acres, has been established by Airtel in collaboration with Avaada to supply clean power to Airtel's Nxtra information centres and also switching centres in Maharashtra, the business claimed in a declaration.

"Sustainability is a top priority area for Nxtra by Airtel. This is yet one more action in the direction of satisfying our dedication to source more than 50 percent power requirements of our data centres through renewable energy resources in the next twelve month as well as contribute to Airtel's overall GHG discharge reduction targets," Nxtra by Airtel chief executive officer Rajesh Tapadia stated. Nxtra by Airtel has already appointed 2 captive solar energy systems of 14 MW each in Uttar Pradesh.

Information centres, with their high power requirements for cooling down as well as running servers, besides the power back ups they call for are considered a huge prospect for conversion to green energy.

Airtel asserts to have the biggest network of data centres in India with 11 large and also 120 edge data centres throughout the country as well as plans to invest over Rs 5,000 crore over the next 4 years to broaden its capability by 3 times.

Airtel has devoted to decreasing absolute Scope 1 as well as 2 Green House Gas (GHG) discharges across its operations by 50.2 per cent by the fiscal year 2031, thinking about FY 2021 as the base year. Airtel has actually likewise committed to decreasing outright scope 3 GHG discharges by 42 percent over the very same timeframe.

Other essential data centre drivers, consisting of Jio as well as Adani Group have additionally devoted to going green with their very own efforts. Internationally, companies running large server ranches are already promoting 100% renewable energy to power their centres, from Google to Microsoft.

For firms like Avaada, the business PPA segment is a vital, and also extra practical segment potentially than utility solar today, with huge corporates changing difficult in the direction of renewable energy sourcing, to meet their own net absolutely no commitments, and even to receive ESG norms that are spreading quickly throughout sectors now.

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