In its commitment to strengthen the use of renewable energy and reduce carbon footprint, Walmart Indiaand Amplus Energy Solutions today announced a partnership for green energy. The companies signing a Power Purchase Agreement for 15 Best Price Modern Wholesale Stores located across five states – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.
The total capacity that will be provided using rooftop PV plants located at these stores is approximately 5 MW. Once completed, these plants over their lifetime will help in saving 172,000 MT CO2, which is equivalent to planting 215,000 trees.
Making the announcement, Krish Iyer, President & CEO, Walmart India, said, ““For Walmart, leading on social and environmental issues is a “whole company” undertaking that we pursue in collaboration with customers, suppliers, nonprofit organizations and governments around the world. For us, it’s more than just a matter of philanthropy. It’s woven into our day-to-day business activities.In India too, we have set clear goals in energy efficiency and are on track to meet those. We have pledged to meet 50 percent of our energy needs through renewable energy and this partnership is testimony to the commitment. Using solar energy will help us reduce carbon emissions and at the same time help us save costs, the benefit of which could be passed on to our customers. We are pleased to partner with Amplus, an expert and leader in the distribution of solar industry to help us achieve these objectives.”
He added, “We have recently retrofitted our lighting systems in all stores and replaced conventional tubes with LED. This has reduced the stores’ electricity demand on lighting by 50 percent. By introducing new schemes and prototypes, we are aiming to bring in energy efficiency of more than 15 – 20 percent in HVAC/refrigeration systems in all our upcoming stores. As refrigeration consumes a bulk of the energy need, we plan to retrofit our refrigeration systems with modern and advanced controls to achieve maximum efficiency. Besides, as per the energy management program, we have started monitoring and tracking the energy consumption in all existing stores so as to constantly be on track to achieve efficiencies close to or better than the industry benchmark in India. We are also proud of the fact that all our 21 Best Price stores are zero-discharge units and use 100 percent treated water.”
Sanjeev Aggarwal, Managing Director & CEO at Amplus, noted “We are delighted to be to be associated with a leading company and brand like Walmart. Walmart is a leader in adopting sustainable energy across the world and has a very knowledgeable team for this initiative. and they follow a very rigorous selection process. We are committed to delivering quality projects as per our agreed timeframe with Walmart.”
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