On its ambitious journey to become a software company that is zero dependent on grid power,Infosys has gone completely off-grid at its 450acreHyderabad facility by commissioning a 6.6-mw solar photovoltaic power plant capable of generating 12 million units (kWh) a year.
The company says this translates to saving the environment from an emission of 9,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The software centre requires about 12.5 million units (MUs) of energy a year. The new solar plant combined with the existing 0.6 MW rooftop solar capacity together produce 13 MUs, making it energy-surplus.
Infosys, which earned Rs 12,329 crore in profits on revenues of Rs 53,319 crore last year, hopes to recover its investment on the PV plant in seven years.
The plant is expected to have a lifespan of 25 years, and the cost of generation works out to Rs 2.8 per unit.The plant has come up on a 45-acre plot inside the campus along with a modern weather monitoring station. "We have built this with a first-of-its-kind design in the world. We consider it a solar lab. We are capturing the data every minute, and will analyse it to predict the technology performance indices," Infosys executive VP Ramadas Kamath told ET.
The phase I of the Telangana facility has a built-up area of 30 lakh sq ft with 16,000 seats. The firm is building an additional capacity for 25,000 employees under its Phase-2.
Meanwhile, Infosys is also working on a 40 mw of captive solar PV farm in Karnataka to supply power to its three development centres at Bengaluru, Mysuru and Mangaluru. It aims to commission this project, which is estimated to cost Rs 280 crore, in about eight months.
The three centres together requires about 114 MUs of energy a year. According to Kamath, the software bellwether would need 150 MW solar PV capacity to achieve its goal of meeting all its energy needs from renewable sources by 2018.The company, he said, will add 110 MW solar capacity over the next two years.
Early this year, the company signed up an aggressive commitment to this effect, joining the RE100 club. At present, the company has installed 12 MW onsite solar power plants across its campuses in India, and another 3 MW capacity is expected in three months.
Infosys prides itself of building one of the greenest campuses at Hyderabad with high degree of innovation in sustainability.
The building Energy Performance Index of 75 kWh sq.m per annum at this campus among the lowest in the industry globally, Kamath said.
(This news story is from The Economic Times)