Software-as-a Services (SaaS) firm Zoho has set up 5 megawatt on grid solar energy farm near its offices and data centres. The move is aimed to minimize carbon footprint.
The solar plant is set up at the Abiminimangalam village located near Tirchy. The solar plant will serve the local power needs. As per the agreement between, Zoho and TN’s electricity authority, the company is then offered credits to set off against their own energy consumption.
A spokesperson at Zoho said, “This helps in saving approximately 7,200 tonnes per year of carbon dioxide emissions. That is the equivalent of having 14,400 trees.”
Raju Vegesna, chief evangelist, with Zoho, said, “We have been thinking for a while now about leveraging solar to get into sustainable mode of operations, and we have now been able to successfully deploy it. With our current power generation, we are able to meet energy needs of our Chennai data centre and a good chunk of our main campus in Chennai too.”
Zoho’s on-grid model of power generation focuses on generating power and patch it on to local power needs near the plant and thereby they set-off the credits to power their own operations
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