United Breweries Limited (UBL), has joined hands with CleanMax Solar to adopt large-scale rooftop and ground mounted solar power for ten of their breweries across India.
With a total solar capacity of four mega watt peak across six of UBLs large facilities in the first phase, the initiative will make a large reduction in its United Breweries’ carbon footprint, and have annual cumulative savings in their overall electricity costs.
The first phase of the initiative comprises installation of rooftop solar plants in six breweries, of which three – Taloja (Maharashtra), Aurangabad (Maharashtra), and Mallepally (Telangana) are already operational, and another three at Kothlapur (Telangana), a second brewery in Aurangabad (Maharashtra) and Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh) are currently under construction.
Once fully operational, the solar plants are expected to generate over 60 lakh units of electricity per annum cumulatively, thereby abating 5600 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
“We are proud to be associated with United Breweries Limited and assist them in reducing environmental impact across their manufacturing operations. Our hassle free and zero investment OPEX model is enabling United Breweries to meet anywhere from 10 to 30 per cent of their power consumption through solar power at these breweries, at a significant discount to grid electricity prices,” said co-founder CleanMax Solar, Andrew Hines.
“Since 2011, CleanMax Solar has been working with industry leaders like United Breweries Limited to achieve their sustainability goals with our world-class solar power facilities. We are delighted to see breweries looking at a renewable future and will continue extending our expertise and support towards the same. As sustainability partners to some of India’s largest MNCs and corporate houses, CleanMax Solar has commissioned more than 200 projects across India in sectors ranging from food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, automotive manufacturing, education, and others,” added Hines.
“As India’s leading brewer, we believe in demonstrating leadership in all areas, including sustainable manufacturing. Our collaboration with CleanMax Solar is aimed at reducing environment impact while simultaneously adhering to the highest quality and safety standards in the execution of our projects,” said managing director of United Breweries Limited, Shekhar Ramamurthy.
“We look forward to extending this initiative to our other facilities. It is our commitment to increase our renewable energy adoption to 50 percent in next three years from the current level of 15 percent of our total energy consumption,” added Ramamurthy.