SKF India announces solar mission, inaugurates 1MW rooftop solar plant at its Pune facility SKF India targets CO2 emission reduction upto 4000 metric tons by 2017.

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SKF India today announced its solar mission with the inauguration of one of the largest rooftop solar installations among manufacturing companies in Pune, with 1 MW capacity. The launch of the project is a part of SKF India’s ongoing solar mission across all major facilities in the country. The installation in the Pune facility is expected to generate 1.5 GwH units per annum. This initiative is expected to reduce the Pune facility’s CO2 emissions by approximately 1200 metric tons per annum.

Earlier, SKF installed a rooftop solar plant at its Bengaluru facility and along with the Pune plant; the combined capacity is 2.1 MW. Additionally, SKF has also installed a hybrid solar thermal plant at its Mysore facility with obtained energy of 120 MwH per year. SKF plans to scale up this initiative and install similar rooftop solar plants at other major facilities across India. The project is in line with SKF’s Environment Care philosophy and sustainability goals.

Commenting on SKF’s efforts to ensure sustainable development, Rob Jenkinson, Director, Corporate Sustainability, said “Sustainability is a long-term commitment for SKF. Our environmental strategy SKF BeyondZero is to create a positive impact on the environment, by reducing the negative impact from our own operations and offering innovative technologies, products and solutions with improved environmental performance. The solar mission is directly aligned with our sustainable business goals.”

Sumant Sinha, Chairman and CEO, ReNew Power said, “We are pleased to have commissioned this project for SKF, which is in line with our highest quality standards and engineering capabilities. Solar rooftop installations not only help corporates save on cost of power but also enable them to become active participants in reducing their carbon footprint.”

Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director & Country Head, SKF India Ltd said, “We at SKF, firmly believe that development must take place in alignment with environment needs. Sustainability is not only a responsibility, but also a way of developing our business. This embodies our principle of Environment Care. Our solar mission is a reflection of our commitment to the ongoing sustainability programs and aligns with India’s National Solar Mission.”