Maruti Suzuki to harness solar power for car manufacturing

New Delhi: Indias largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki on Wednesday said that it has taken an important step to harness solar power to meet its energy needs. 

The company recently laid the foundation stone for a 5 MW Solar Power plant at the Gurugram facility, Maruti said in a statement. The captive Solar Power plant is expected to be commissioned in FY 2019-20.

Maruti will invest around Rs 240 million, and will offset CO2 emissions to the tune of over 5390 tonnes annually, for the next 25 years. This is the second grid based Solar Power plant for Maruti Suzuki. The power generated from the solar power plant will be synchronised with the captive power plant to cater to the internal energy needs of the Gurugram facility.

Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India said, Solar energy is abundant, versatile and efficient. This Solar Power initiative is in line with the Companys philosophy to adopt environment friendly technologies and lower CO2 emissions.

Through this solar power plant facility we will harness renewable energy for our business needs over the next 25 years. Maruti Suzuki is committed to expand its environment care initiatives in products, in manufacturing processes and in business operations, he added.

The 1st solar power plant was set up in 2014 at Manesar, with 1 MW capacity. In 2018, this solar power plant was further expanded to 1.3 MW.

According to the company, the photovoltaic solar panels of this carport style solar power plant will work as a roof at the new car parking area. While the solar panels generate clean energy, the cars parked underneath will be safe from strong climatic conditions.