Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) has started 7 additional renewable energy projects in India. These projects, installed in different factories of the company, are designed to source 23.5 million units of power by way of Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) through various state grids.
The renewable energy projects, powered essentially by wind, solar, and biomass, are likely to achieve a reduction of around 2 lakh tons of carbon emission every year. The installed annual power generation from renewable energy sources in HCCB has now increased from reached from around 70 million units in 2019 to 93 million units this year.
“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,” Alok Sharma, executive director, Supply-Chain, HCCB said.
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.
The company also installed similar Solar Roof Top Panel at 2 other factories at Wada near Mumbai (1000KWp) in Maharashtra and Ameenpur near Hyderabad (800KWp) in Telangana.
Besides, HCCB entered into a power purchase agreement with Slylandro Power to supply 6 million units of solar power to its factory at Vijayawada.
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 Karnakata every year.
HCCB has commissioned two Vapour Absorption Machines (VAM) for chilling operations at the Goblej factory near Ahmedabad and the Wada factory near Mumbai. 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 percent LED lighting in 2019. Besides, the company has also adopted CNG fuel to operate its boilers.