India’s leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki has laid the foundation stone for a 5 MW solar power plant at its Gurugram facility. The captive solar power plant is expected to be commissioned in FY 2019-20.
To be set up at an investment of around Rs 240 million, the Gurugram plant will be developed in carport style covering an area of 32,985 square metres. While the solar panels generate clean energy, these will work as a roof for the cars parked underneath.
The plant will produce 7010 MWh power annually and offset CO2 emissions to the tune of over 5390 tonnes annually, for the next 25 years. The power generated from the solar power plant will be used to meet the internal energy needs of the Gurugram facility.
This is the second grid based solar power plant for Maruti Suzuki. The first solar power plant was set up in 2014 at Manesar, with 1 MW capacity. In 2018, this solar power plant was further expanded to 1.3 MW.
Speaking on the occasion, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “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 next 25 years.”