As part of ACC’s commitment to exploring new ways to reduce its environmental footprint, the company is beginning an initiative to reduce its dependence on conventional energy. At its grinding units in Kudithini and Thondebhavi in Karnataka, ACC has adopted the use of solar power in its cement manufacturing process.
With the intention of using 30MW of solar power, these plants will meet over half of their annual power requirement – estimated at 45 million units of solar power annually. This move to solar power will reduce CO2 emissions by 38 000 tpy, which is the equivalent of planting 45 000 trees each year. In addition, the Solar Energy Research Institute Singapore has conducted an assessment that certifies that this project will save 90 million litres of water each year through avoiding the consumption of coal-fired electricity.
ACC has signed a 10 year solar power purchase agreement for 20MW from Amplus solar and 10MW from CleanMax solar. The company believe that this will make ACC one of the largest users of solar power in the Indian cement industry.
“ACC is moving steadfastly towards a greener future,” said Neeraj Akhoury, Managing Director and CEO of ACC. “We are very conscious of our responsibilities, so this use of renewable energy is a strong step towards lowering carbon emissions, thus minimising our ecological footprint. We are committed to delivering the company’s ambitious Sustainable Development 2030 Plan.”
ACC Ltd is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group and is one of India’s leading producers of cement and ready mix concrete.
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