SKF India has 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. According to Rob Jenkinson, Director, Corporate Sustainability, SKF Group, 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 solutions with improved environmental performance. The solar mission is directly aligned with our sustainable business goals”, he added.
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. Sumant Sinha, Chairman & CEO, ReNew Power, said, “We 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.”
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, the company has also installed a hybrid solar thermal plant at its Mysore facility with obtained energy of 120 MwH per year. Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director & Country Head, SKF India, said, “We 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. Our solar mission is a reflection of our commitment and aligns with India’s National Solar Mission.”