Airtel commissions 14 MWp captive solar power plant for DC needs
Published 5 April 2021
India’s communication service provider Bharti Airtel has commissioned a captive solar power plant to meet the energy needs of its core and edge data centres in Uttar Pradesh (UP).
Airtel has commissioned a 14 MWp captive solar power plant to meet the energy requirements of its core and edge data centres in UP, the company said in a statement. The facility in Tilhar, Shahjahanpur in UP is the first of the two solar plants being set up by Airtel in partnership with AMP Energy, the statement added.
The second plant at Begampur, is expected to go live in the next quarter. This will provide a major boost to Airtel’s initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint.
Airtel had acquired a 26 per cent equity stake in AMP Solar Evolution as part of its commitment to green energy-based solutions. Needless to say, data centres have large power requirements.
DC infra push
Bharti Airtel’s data centre subsidiary Nxtra Data, last year had said that it plans to invest Rs 1,750 crore in its data security and cloud infrastructure network. The capital expenditure is being driven by an earlier investment from US-based Carlyle Group, which had shelled out $235 million for a 25 per cent stake in ‘Nxtra by Airtel’.
It currently operates 10 large and 120 edge data centres across India. Airtel has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, under which the telco will set up for two new data centre campuses in Mumbai and Pune. Nxtra Data already operates two large data centres in Maharashtra in addition to multiple edge data centres spread across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur and Kolhapur.
In FY 2022, it aims to meet over 50 per cent of its power input through renewable energy sources and contribute to Airtel’s 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,’ said Rajesh Tapadia, CEO – Nxtra Data.
Airtel will continue to drive its commitment to reducing carbon footprint through multiple interventions, Tapadia added.
Further, Airtel is aligned to the Paris Climate Accord. It benchmarks against global standards and transparently publishes the progress it makes against the targets it has set itself,’ the statement said adding the company is proactively deploying clean fuel-based power solutions for its towers, data centres, switching centres and other facilities.
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