In a bid to tap growing opportunities in the food processing industry, Rajasthan-based SunAlpha Energy has joined hands with many food processing companies across the country to solarise their facilities and helping them in using clean energy.
While talking to Energetica India, SunAlpha Energy, Puneet Goyal, Co-founder & Director of SunAlpha Energy, said that, “we will be installing these solar projects in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal and Maharashtra.”
In line with this, the company has started expanding its solar rooftop and ground mount installations in the food processing industry which is one of the largest growing industries in India.
Goyal further added that, “I am very happy by seeing that the Agro Sector reduces their carbon footprint and at the same time saves on their long term energy costs.”
The food processing sector contributes around 26 per cent of the country’s annual GDP.
The company has already executed around 12 MW of capacity of solar projects for the food processing sector till date, by covering over 12 lac square feet of roof space. Through these plants, food processing sector is already saving over Rs 12 crore per year.
Currently, the company has been targeting wheat & flour industry, edible oils and spice processing facilities.
He also commented that “our high performing solar plants will improve the COO of food processing sector for 25 years. Our Experience and track record already has given us a pipeline which includes a major FMCG player in the food processing sector. SunAlpha will empower the food processing sector with more than 20 MW and further 10 MW under construction this fiscal. This will empower the food processing and MSME sector to save atleast Rs 30 crore per year. We will also be targeting Food Storage Units to help reduce their electric bills.”
The increasing population and high cost of fuels have created opportunities for using alternative energies for post-harvest processing of foods.
Food processing has an important role to play in linking Indian farmers to consumers in the domestic and international markets. The industry engages approximately 18.50 lac people in around 39,748 registered units. There are over 18 Food Parks across 14 states to assist in increasing investments in the food sector.
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