India Today : May 30, 2019, 10:56 AM
Maruti Suzuki India has laid the foundation stone for a 5 MW photovoltaic solar power plant at its Gurugram facility. With an investment of Rs 24 crore, the plant is expected to be commissioned in the Financial Year 2019-20.The upcoming Maruti Suzuki solar power plant will help in cancelling out carbon dioxide emissions to the tune of over 5,390 tonnes annually, for the next 25 years, the carmaker claimed in a statement.The Gurugram solar power plant is also the second grid-based solar power plant of Maruti Suzuki India, with the first one being set up in 2014 at Manesar with a capacity of 1 MW. In 2018, the capacity of Manesar solar power plant was increased to 1.3 MW.Maruti Suzuki is going to set up 5 MW solar power plant at its Gurugram facility.According to Maruti Suzuki India, the power generated from the solar power plant will be synchronised with the captive power plant to cater to the internal energy needs of the Gurugram facility. Also, the photovoltaic solar panels of the carport style solar power plant at the Gurugram facility will work as a roof at the new car parking area."Solar energy is abundant, versatile and efficient. This solar power initiative is in line with the company's philosophy to adopt environment-friendly technologies and lower CO2 emissions. Through this solar power plant facility, we will harness renewable energy for our business needs over the next 25 years. Maruti Suzuki is committed to expand its environment care initiatives in products, in manufacturing processes and in business operations," Maruti Suzuki India MD & CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said.Maruti Suzuki claims that the energy requirement at the manufacturing facilities is met by natural gas-based captive power plant, supported by grid power. The new solar power plant will complement the power generating capability at the manufacturing plant.Among its other energy-saving initiatives, Maruti Suzuki has installed solar rooftop plants to provide LED street lighting at Rohtak R&D facility and Gurugram plant. The Rohtak facility also has variable refrigerant flow air-conditioners. The facilities in Gurugram, Manesar and Rohtak use energy-efficient LED lighting.