Indian IT Major Infosys Plans To Go 100% Solar By 2018

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One of India’s leading IT companies, Infosys, has an obligation to procure renewable energy as per the country’s electricity regulations, but the company is going a step further and planning to meet its entire power demand from solar power projects.

Bangalore InfosysIn 2013–14, Infosys procured 75.6 million kWh from renewable energy projects. This is equivalent to about 30% of the company’s total electricity consumption. Infosys has large office campuses across India, but none of the states have a Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) of more than 10%. So, the company is already way ahead of power utilities and other major industries in its effort to increase the use of clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The company is now planning to source its entire power demand from solar power projects by 2018. A cumulative demand of 175 MW is expected by the company in 2018. It will invest in developing solar power projects.

Infosys has already commissioned 2 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power capacity at 2 of its campuses and plans to add 20 MW of in-house solar power capacity over the next 2 years. The balance capacity would be commissioned through off-site projects. Once operational, the 175 MW of solar power capacity would be able to offset over 270,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions every year. Last year the company announced a 50 MW solar PV project in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. These measures would help Infosys achieve its target to become carbon neutral by 2017.

Several mid and large-size companies in India are now looking to develop captive solar PV projects to meet their electricity demand. Improvement of transmission and distribution infrastructure in India has lagged the country’s economic growth and the government has removed subsidy on diesel which has led to industries switching to the now-economical solar power.

Image Credit: Infosys Bengaluru Campus via Amit | CC-BY-SA 2.0

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5 thoughts on “Indian IT Major Infosys Plans To Go 100% Solar By 2018

  • This is good news:

    “… the government has removed subsidy on diesel….”

    and will likely result in many individuals and companies installing solar with batteries. India may do for batteries what Germany did for photovoltaics and Britain is doing for offshore wind.

  • While good news, Infosys is not a major polluter. We need the big diesel users, like Indian Railways and industry to follow this example.

    • I would expect that “modern” companies go for green energy first. Just as we see Google, Apple, IKEA out ahead of Duke here in the US. But it is important, Image is important! InfoSys going 100% RE by 2018, shows it can be done. If all IT companies world wide went 100% RE by 2018, it would be a big deal. Just as IKEA going RE puts pressure only other retailers to do the same.

      • It does matter, but the big polluters are where the action is. It’s companies like Tata Steel, coal plants, aluminium and concrete that are the problem.

        We’ll need some followup on this story to see if the other IT companies follow suit. They might, they also have to spend big sums on diesel.

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