Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) on Tuesday announced that it has pressed seven additional renewable energy projects into service to source 23.5 million units of electricity from clean energy. “Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) successfully pressed 7 additional renewable energy projects into service,” a company statement said.
Powered essentially by wind, solar and biomass, the renewable energy projects are likely to achieve a reduction of around 2 lakh tonnes of carbon emission every year.
Alok Sharma, Executive Director, Supply-Chain, HCCB said, in the statement, “The success of these projects is indeed a major milestone in our quest to be a sustainable driven company. The team is fully geared up to constantly keep looking at opportunities to exploit renewable energy sources. This is part of our commitment to do business in the right way and we believe use of clean and green energy is a step in the right direction to contribute towards mitigating the impact of climate change.”
One of the projects commissioned was a solar roof top panel at the Sanand factory in Gujarat. Executed by Tata Solar, the solar panel has an installed capacity of around 1000 KWp.
Besides, HCCB entered into a power purchase agreement with Slylandro Power Pvt Ltd to supply 6 million units of solar power to its factory at Vijayawada, it added.
The HCCB also entered into a power purchase agreement with two separate private players for sourcing 1.8 MW of wind energy for its factory at Goblej near Ahmedabad in Gujarat and 8 million units of wind energy for two of its factories at Bidadi near Bangalore in Karnataka every year, it said.
An important highlight of these projects is the commissioning of two Vapour Absorption Machines (VAM) for chilling operations at the Goblej factory near Ahmedabad and the Wada factory near Mumbai, the company said.
Using Lithium Bromide as a refrigerant, the machines use waste steam as a green source of energy generated by briquette boilers as an alternative to the conventional grid power which was used to run the compressor.
Earlier, 13 out of the total 15 factories of HCCB achieved 100 per cent LED lighting in 2019. Besides, the company has also adopted CNG (compressed natural gas) fuel to operate its boilers.
The HCCB manufactures, packages and sells- Minute Maid, Maaza, SmartWater, Kinley, Thums Up, Sprite, Coca-Cola, Limca, Fanta, Georgia and several others.