RB, (erstwhile Reckitt Benckiser) has announced the commissioning of its first solar powered factory in India, in the city of Mysore as part of Project Greenathon.
The factory running on “GREEN POWER” forms an extension to RB’s continuous efforts to reach its worldwide Sustainability Targets. As of today, the factory meets 75% of the energy needs with solar energy and aims to be the first factory running on 100% green power in India, within couple of years.
This marks RB’s first power purchase agreement (PPA) in India which forms a landmark in its sustainability journey. This initiative will enable reductions in carbon emissions by 80% for the Mysore site over the next 10 years.
RB India’s sustainable journey started in early 2016 with searching for the right renewable energy partner to accomplish the project. Keeping in mind the scalability, low risk profile, technology and government supporting framework, solar was found to be a suitable renewable energy option. Once this choice was made, an intensive study of the technology, policies, market research, capable suppliers was made and a frame work for the project implementation strategy was devised and effectively implemented. This led to a 10-year, 2.4MW, power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with Amplus Energy solutions. Amplus has developed 42 MW solar park, called as Nayaka in Chitradurga, Karnataka that supplies energy to the Mysore plant.
Radha Mohan Gupta, Procurement Director,RB spokesperson, said“We are proud to announce our PPA to achieve RBs’s first green power factory. We at RB have been continuously working towards achieving our sustainability targets globally. This PPA marks our first big step towards reducing emissions from our operations in India.We endeavorto use 100% renewable electricity for the plant soon. We also thank government and other stakeholders for their support in achieving this milestone. In future we aim to replicate this successful module at our facility in Hosur.”
RB is globally committed to reducing environmental impact and acting in a responsible manner. Responsible organization that has its own Sustainability Targets in place. Ambitious targets are applied to every factory operating across the globe is committed to contribute towards achieving these targets.