Airtel installs a 21 MW Solar Power Unit in Maharashtra to strengthen its green energy footprint

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On Tuesday, Airtel, India’s leading communications solutions provider, announced the commissioning of a new 21 MW solar power plant in Maharashtra’s District Bhuldana, as part of the company’s commitment to decrease its carbon footprint and contribute to global efforts to combat climate change. The captive unit will provide clean energy to Airtel’s data centers and switching centers in the state, resulting in a saving of 25,517 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

The captive power facility, which spans 80 acres, was built in collaboration with Avaada to provide renewable energy to Nxtra via Airtel’s major and edge data centers, as well as switching facilities in Maharashtra.

“Sustainability is a priority area for Nxtra by Airtel. This is yet another step towards fulfilling our commitment to source more than 50% power requirements of our data centers through renewable energy sources in the next 12 months and contribute to Airtel’s overall GHG emission reduction targets,”

Rajesh Tapadia, CEO, Nxtra by Airtel said. 

As part of its commitment to green energy sources to fuel its growing operations, Nxtra by Airtel has already commissioned two 14 MW captive solar power units in Uttar Pradesh. With 11 big and 120 edge data centers across India, the company has the largest network of data centers in the country and plans to invest over Rs 5000 crore over the next four years to triple its capacity.

By FY2031, Airtel has pledged to decrease absolute scope 1 and 2 Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 50.2 percent across its operations (from FY2021 as base year). Airtel has also committed to a 42 percent reduction in absolute scope 3 GHG emissions during the same term. It will do so by accelerating green energy adoption across its network operations, installing energy-efficient infrastructure and processes, and implementing sustainable business practices at its workplaces, among other things.

Airtel is aligned to the Paris Climate Accord. It compares itself to international norms and publicly reports on its progress toward the goals it has set for itself. Airtel is the first Indian telecommunications company to sign the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability effort, which includes comprehensive Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) measures. The Company has also established an ESG Committee of the Board of Directors to help it focus on ESG activities.

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