Ashok Leyland's Renewable Energy Use Rises to 60% for its Pan India Operations

Hinduja Group-led Hinduja Renewables has built a solar plant for Ashok Leyland with 75 MWp capacity located in Sivagangai district in Tamil Nadu. This plant is one of the largest group captive solar plants in India serving a single client. The plant is expected to generate more than 120 million units of power annually.

February 18, 2021. By Manu Tayal

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India’s leading automobile manufacturer Ashok Leyland has increased the sourcing of clean energy to 60 per cent for its countrywide operations.

Now 75 per cent of its energy consumption in the state of Tamil Nadu and 60 per cent across India has been procured through renewable energy including solar rooftop, solar ground mount, and wind energy.

Hinduja Group-led Hinduja Renewables has built a solar plant for Ashok Leyland with 75 MWp capacity located in Sivagangai district in Tamil Nadu. This plant is one of the largest group captive solar plants in India serving a single client. The plant is expected to generate more than 120 million units of power annually.

Commenting on the development, Shom Hinduja, President, Alternative Energy & Sustainability Initiatives at Hinduja Group said, “sustainability is paramount to us at the Hinduja Group. Hinduja Renewables was set up to be the bridge between nations and companies to achieve their sustainability targets. Its mission is to positively impact humanity and conserve the environment through sustainable energy and mobility solutions. This project will enable Ashok Leyland to significantly reduce its carbon footprint, thereby helping it achieve its sustainability goals. The Hinduja Group is evaluating its operations globally and has planned similar ESG initiatives across the different companies.”

“As we march towards our vision of being among the Top 10 Global CV Makers, it is equally important that we do this sustainably. Ensuring that our energy requirements come from renewables, is a critical part of this vision. With the start of operations of the Vepancolum Solar Plant, we have taken a massive leap in reducing our carbon footprint – of the total energy requirement, we will achieve renewable energy consumption of 75% in Tamil Nadu and 60% throughout India. Sourcing energy from this captive solar power plant will ensure abatement of 85000 tonnes of carbon emissions which is equal to planting 157487 trees, annually. We are committed to this path of sustainability and will work towards a greener tomorrow,” said Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland.

The solar plant which was setup in May 2020 uses solar panels in a fixed-tilt mounting arrangement for peak energy production, and drones were used to relay back real-time information and progress. The plant was commissioned in nine months and is expected to generate over 120 million units of power annually. The latest software and applications have been installed for real-time monitoring and optimisation, and has implemented smart maintenance using data analytics. This project generated 500 direct jobs during the development phase and 20+ permanent jobs for plant operations. The solar plant uses robotic cleaning technology, for regular cleaning of solar modules. This innovative methodology is estimated to conserve 9 million litres of water annually. 

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