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Amplus Solar and JK Lakshmi Cement sign a 56 MWp Open Access PPA in Chhattisgarh – EQ Mag

Amplus Solar and JK Lakshmi Cement sign a 56 MWp Open Access PPA in Chhattisgarh – EQ Mag


New Delhi : Amplus Solar, Asia’s leading distributed energy company, has signed an agreement with JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd, the leader in India’s cement industry, to supply solar power for its cement facility in Durg, Chhattisgarh. Through this initiative, JK Lakshmi Cement will be able to replace 92 million units with green electricity that will help reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 88,352 metric tonnes, in the first year itself.

Amplus Solar has constantly been striving to help corporates achieve their clean energy goals by providing customised solutions including on-site and off-site solar plants. With this plant, Amplus Solar will consolidate its position as a market leader in Chhattisgarh, with a total open access capacity of 118 MWp in the state.

“It is wonderful to see that the forerunners of India’s cement sector have chosen to further their objective of creating zero-carbon cement. JK Lakshmi Cement’s approach will help the industry decarbonize the sector and serve as a model for others to follow,” said Mr. Sharad Pungalia, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Amplus Solar.

Smt. Vinita Singhania, Vice Chairperson & Managing Director, JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd said, “In recent years, we have undertaken multiple projects to lower our carbon footprint. Our recently initiated campaign, ‘Green Pahal, Behtar Kal’, focuses on creating awareness about improving energy efficiency and saving the environment. I am sure we will leave a greener planet for our future generations.”

Sharing further details, Mr. Arun Shukla, President & Director, JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd added, “As a responsible corporate, we have taken multiple steps to reduce both direct and indirect carbon emissions. Last month, for the first time in India, we deployed LNG trucks to transport raw material. With this switch to solar energy at our Durg plant, nearly 80% of the energy requirements of the plant will be met through renewable sources.”

About Amplus Solar

Amplus Solar is Asia’s leading distributed energy company providing clean energy solutions to commercial and industrial customers by setting up on-site solar projects (rooftop and ground-mounted) and off-site solar farms. Amplus Solar has also diversified into new avenues such as battery storage, residential solar, and electric vehicle-based logistics solutions. Amplus Solar owns and manages a portfolio of over 1.4+ GW of distributed solar assets and serves 350+ renowned Indian and multinational firms like Yamaha, Cisco, Amazon, Walmart, Reckitt Benckiser, Schlumberger, Carlsberg, ABB, TVs, Schneider, Qualcomm, Halliburton, GE, Honda among others, quadrupling its customer base from 2017 to 2023.

Amplus Solar’s operational plants are expected to cumulatively generate 22 billion units of electricity over their lifetime. The carbon dioxide abatement over the lifetime of these projects amounts to 21 million metric tonnes and the environmental impact can also be equated to 24 million mature trees absorbing carbon dioxide for 40 years.

Amplus Solar is a member of the Petroleum Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) group, Malaysia and is headquartered in Gurugram, India with regional offices in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Bangkok, Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur. PETRONAS recently established Gentari Sdn Bhd (Gentari) to independently pursue and deliver integrated sustainable energy solutions, and to capture opportunities in the energy transition. Gentari offers lower carbon solutions through three initial core pillars – Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Green Mobility, forming a portfolio of solutions cutting across the electron value chain to help customers achieve net zero emissions.

About JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd

JK Lakshmi Cement (NSE: JKLAKSHMI), is one of India’s leading cement manufacturers with an annual turnover of more than Rs 5000 crores. With establishing its first plant in Rajasthan in 1982, the company has been in the cement business for the last four decades and distinguishes itself based on its innovative practices and initiatives aimed at customer satisfaction.

With a strong network of about 4000+ cement dealers spread in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Odisha and West Bengal, the company is in the business of manufacturing Wall Putty, Ready Mix Concrete (RMC), White Cement, High-Grade Gypsum Plaster, Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Blocks, etc.

The Group has been committed to the ‘Make in India’ campaign by manufacturing products of impeccable quality to substitute imported goods. The strong brand equity of the Group has been built through using latest technologies, continuous research in development and innovation.

Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network