Yamaha Motor India Group recently announced the complete installation of 1100KW solar units at its Chennai facility. The plant was built at a cost of ₹5 crore. With this, the Chennai plant’s total solar capacity has increased to 1450 kW. The company has plans to increase the total rooftop solar capacity to 3500 kW by the year-end.
The new rooftop installation would reduce CO2 emission to the extent of 1600 tons/year. Yamaha has partnered with Mahindra Susten for the installation of these Rooftop Solar panels. The areas covered by the solar plant are factory building area including body shop, engine building, bus parking and walkways for the employees and visitors.
Riuji Kawashima, Deputy Managing Director, India Yamaha Motor said,
“Adoption of renewable power is the need of the hour in order to save energy and provide a clean and green environment to the society. As a manufacturing company, we have a responsibility to support initiatives that can help reduce CO2 emissions and contribute towards the objective of energy conservation. The installation of the solar power project at our plants further reinstates our commitment towards building an energy saving factory that is friendly to people and the global environment. We also would like to highlight that our Chennai factory is the least CO2 emission factory among the Yamaha Motor Group companies around the world.”
The unique feature of this installation is the solar panels which have been mounted over the walkways in the plant premises. The covered walkway with solar panels will not only help in generating the green energy but also in protecting the employees from tough weather condition.
The project was commissioned in two phases. Phase I was inaugurated in January 2016 with generation capacity of 4000 kWp and phase II was commissioned in October 2017 with generation capacity of 2200 kWp.
Recently under phase II, 105 kW capacity solar power plant was installed in the car parking area inside the plant premises and 47 cars can be parked under the solar power plant which is also capable of meeting the future requirement of charging battery-operated cars. This particular area has a power generation capacity of 500 units per day.
Source: The Times of India