Country’s second largest software services firm Infosys unveiled a 6.6 MW capacity solar PV power plant at its Pocharam campus in Telangana. With this launch, combined with the existing 0.6 MW rooftop solar plant, the Pocharam campus will be one of the first corporate campuses in India to be run completely by renewable energy, Infosys said in a statement. The plant, with a total capacity of 7.2 MW, has been synchronised with the grid and is expected to generate 12 million kWh per annum, it added. The initiative is expected to reduce Infosys’ CO2 emissions by 9,200 tonnes. The Infosys IT SEZ at Pocharam is spread over 450 acres and under phase I, it has 16,000 seats.
The construction of Phase II is underway with a planned capacity of 25,000 people. An area has been reserved to construct Phase III as well. Currently, Infosys has installed 12 MW solar power plants (onsite) across its campuses and another 3 MW is expected to be completed within the next two months. “Our team, led by Ramadas Kamath, continues to set new standards in our commitments to reduce electricity consumption. Our beautiful Hyderabad campus is another great example of this commitment,” Infosys CEO and Managing Director Vishal Sikka said.
At the end of fiscal 2015, Infosys had reduced its per capita consumption of electricity by 46 percent. Also, about 30 percent of its energy requirements are now being met through renewable sources. “Companies have a responsibility to the communities in which they are present and sustainable development and climate change are issues that businesses need to get actively involved in. We hope other companies will emulate us, aligning to the goals committed by India at COP21, Paris, with an overall objective of creating a sustainable future,” Infosys EVP and Head (Infrastructure, Facilities, Administration, Security and Sustainability) Ramadas Kamath said.