Aurangabad: Fourth Partner Energy, India’s leading distributed solar energy company has commissioned a 980-kWp carport for ŠKODA AUTO India Private Ltd. at their manufacturing facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. This initiative, built in line with the ‘GREEN FUTURE’ strategy of ŠKODA AUTO and commissioned as part of the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, is expected to reduce 922 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
The carport built by Fourth Partner Energy, is spread over an area of 8,000 square metres, and is expected to provide covered parking space for almost 300 cars. The unique design has a span of 18 metres, resting on just two columns and can accommodate three cars in a row. The shed is leak proof and can withstand wind speeds up to 150 km/hr. The carport structure of the designated system will cover 30 percent of the plant’s annual energy consumption by generating 1,475 MWh of power per annum. This solar power generation project is expected to substitute 759 tons of coal usage each year and the carbon offset is equivalent to planting almost 72,000 trees.
Mr. Lubos Hradecky, Director – Production, Quality and Logistics, ŠKODA AUTO India Private Ltd. said, “A ‘GREEN FACTORY’ is fundamental to ŠKODA AUTO’s ‘GREEN FUTURE’ strategy. We are pleased to have associated with Fourth Partner Energy on this strategic asset investment. The unique carport structure of the Advanced Solar Power Generation Project demonstrates how technology has enabled OEMs to transition from mainstream to cleaner alternative sources of energy. We look forward to working collaboratively with Fourth Partner Energy to achieve our commitment to an increased footprint in the renewable sector under the ‘INDIA 2.0’ Project.”
Saif Dhorajiwala, Founder, Fourth Partner Energy said, “We are extremely proud to be associated with ŠKODA AUTO India Private Ltd. for this project. Our past experience, design and engineering capabilities, health & safety norms and robust after-service capabilities went a long way in helping us bag the project. Skoda was particularly impressed by how Fourth Partner Energy leverages technology to not only monitor the plant real time, but also give access to view the plant’s performance through our indigenously developed remote monitoring app.”
Fourth Partner Energy, a full-service RESCO with complete in-house capabilities counts Sintex, Raymonds, Airtel, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mars, Ferrero, Big Basket, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, Glenmark and Lupin as some of its marquee clients. The company has pan-India operations and has installed over 1,600 plants across 22 states in India. Earlier in June 2018, Fourth Partner Energy raised USD 70 million from The Rise Fund managed by TPG.