Airtel commissions captive solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh

As part of its mission to rapidly grow its green energy footprint, Airtel had acquired a 26% equity stake in AMP Solar Evolution.

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Airtel commissioned a 14MWp captive solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh to meet the energy requirements of its core and edge data centres in the state.

The facility which will be established in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, in partnership with AMP Energy, will be the first of the two power plants being set up in the state, while the second plant at Begampur is expected to start functioning in the next quarter.

As part of its mission to rapidly grow its green energy footprint, Airtel had acquired a 26% equity stake in AMP Solar Evolution.

The Sunil Mittal-led telco said it expects to meet over 50% of power input demands of Nxtra data centres through renewable energy sources and contribute to its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.

“As a responsible corporate, green energy is a top agenda for Airtel. We take pride in being ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing sustainability initiatives. We will continue to accelerate our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint through multiple interventions,” said Rajesh Tapadia, CEO – Nxtra Data.

‘Nxtra by Airtel’ currently operates 10 large and 120 edge data centres across India.

In FY 20, the company claimed to have achieved an average Carbon Emission reduction (CO2 /PB) of ~114% from the base year 2011-12 against the Department of Telecom’s target of 30%.

Rajesh Tapadia, CEO – Nxtra Data “As a responsible corporate, green energy is a top agenda for Airtel. We take pride in being ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing sustainability initiatives. We will continue to accelerate our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint through multiple interventions.”

Airtel is aligned to the Paris Climate Accord. The company stated that it is proactively implementing clean fuel-based power solutions for its towers, data centres, switching centres and other facilities. In FY 20, the company has achieved an average Carbon Emission reduction (CO2 /PB) of ~114 percent from the base year 2011-12 against Department of Telecom’s target of 30 percent.

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