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February 13, 2019

Arvind lays claim to India’s largest rooftop solar project

By Beth Wright

Indian denim major Arvind Limited has revealed plans to reduce carbon emissions by 30% with the installation of rooftop solar projects across its Ahmedabad, Santej and Bangalore facilities and by shifting from coal to renewable biomass for boilers. 

The company has currently installed 16.2 MW rooftop solar panels at its Santej facility in Gujarat in what it claims is India’s largest solar rooftop plant at a single location. 

It adds installation across its facilities will generate 22m units (KWh) of power a year and will contribute to reducing 20,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually and more than 500,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over its lifetime. Once capacity of 40 MW is reached, overall generation will exceed 55m units per year and will reduce carbon emissions by 50,000 tons per annum.

“We at Arvind are constantly looking for ways to be ‘fundamentally right’, to make sure our progress does not hinder other stakeholders in society, be it through water, cotton, chemicals or energy,” says executive director Punit Lalbhai.

“The solar rooftops project is part of our renewable energy strategy which will reduce our carbon emissions significantly and we are working to make sure that every one of our facilities and offices will one day run entirely on renewable energy. While we are already running the largest solar rooftop in the country, we will continue to challenge ourselves to further take our captive solar generation capacity to 40 MW.”

The company initiated the first phase of its renewable energy strategy in 2016, installing 4 MW of rooftop solar at its Ahmedabad and Bangalore plants. The second phase commenced in February 2018 with the addition of 17 MW. The third phase will include installation of solar plants on the ground and at locations close to facilities, which will take total installed capacity to 40 MW. The company’s total current solar power generation capacity stands at 21 MW across facilities.

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