CleanMax Solar, a solar energy provider in India, has signed a contract with United Breweries, to develop a large-scale rooftop and ground mounted solar power for ten of their breweries across India.
With a total solar capacity of 4 MW peak across six of UBLs large facilities in the first phase, the initiative will make a large reduction in its United Breweries’ carbon footprint, and have annual cumulative savings in their overall electricity costs, the company said.
The first phase will cover six breweries, of which three – Taloja (Maharashtra), Aurangabad (Maharashtra), and Mallepally (Telangana) are already operational, and another three at Kothlapur (Telangana), a second brewery in Aurangabad (Maharashtra) and Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh) are currently under construction.
Once fully operational, the solar plants are expected to generate over 60 lakh units of electricity per annum cumulatively, thereby abating 5600 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Commenting on this achievement, Andrew Hines, co-founder, CleanMax Solar, said, “Our hassle free and zero investment OPEX model is enabling United Breweries to meet anywhere from 10 to 30 per cent of their power consumption through solar power at these breweries, at a significant discount to grid electricity prices.”
Hines added, “As sustainability partners to some of India’s largest MNCs and corporate houses, CleanMax Solar has commissioned more than 200 projects across India in sectors ranging from food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, automotive manufacturing, education, and others.”
Shekhar Ramamurthy, managing director of United Breweries Limited, said, “As India’s leading brewer, we believe in demonstrating leadership in all areas, including sustainable manufacturing. Our collaboration with CleanMax Solar is aimed at reducing environment impact while simultaneously adhering to the highest quality and safety standards in the execution of our projects.”
The project is part of the company’s commitment to increase our Renewable energy adoption to 50 percent in next 3 years from the current level of 15 percent of their total energy consumption, Ramamurthy added.