CapitaLand India Trust (CLINT) has set up its first captive solar power plant in Tamil Nadu. The 21-megawatt (MW) solar plant will generate over 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually and meet the power supply needs of 2 million sq ft equivalent of office space.
The power generated from the solar plant will be utilised predominantly for the common areas of CLINT’s assets in Tamil Nadu. This will increase CLINT’s green energy usage by over 70%, reduce its carbon emissions by more than 17,000 tonnes, as well as reduce its need to purchase power. The facility has an 8 MW expansion potential to bring the solar plant’s total size to 29 MW.
Sanjeev Dasgupta, Chief Executive Officer, CapitaLand India Trust (the Trustee- Manager of CLINT), said, “The solar power plant in Tamil Nadu is testament to our increasing adoption of renewable energy. This is central to CLINT’s decarbonisation strategy and in line with our sponsor CapitaLand Investment’s (CLI) commitment to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions for scope 1 and 2 by 2050. We will continue to actively source green energy to power our portfolio and seek innovations to enhance our sustainability performance throughout our assets’ real estate life cycle, from investment to design, development and operations.”
Vinamra Srivastava, CLI’s Chief Sustainability & Sustainable Investments Officer, said: “The expansion of our renewable energy solutions in India demonstrates CLI’s focus on execution towards achieving our 2030 Sustainability Master Plan targets. In 2022, 26 of CLI’s properties in 7 countries and 10 business parks in India were powered by renewable energy, mitigating about 33,500 tonnes of carbon emissions. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of 7,400 petrol- powered cars1. We are piloting various technologies sourced from around the world and will remain nimble in adapting our decarbonisation solutions across different markets to create a sustainable built environment.”