Samsung R&D centre in Bengaluru switches to solar power

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Consumer electronics major Samsung said R&D centre in Bengaluru has switched to solar power for its campus.

The campus, which houses over 3,000 R&D employees, will draw 88 per cent of its power requirement from a solar farm in Kalburgi district in Karnataka, around 500 kilometres away from Bengaluru.

Samsung R&D Institute, Bengaluru (SRI-B), which is Samsung’s largest R&D centre outside Korea, adopted the green energy solution through a method called energy wheeling in December 2018.

The solar farm by Bagmane Green Power based in Kalburgi has a tie-up with SRI-B. Through energy wheeling, the solar farm adds the required power to the state electricity grid and SRI-B in turn, receives an equal amount of power from the local electricity grid. This method reduces transmission and distribution losses.