Amplus Energy Solutions, a rooftop solar company, has joined forces with Big Basket, an online grocery retailer, to deploy renewable energy installations at its various premises in the country.
As per their partnership, Amplus will install 1.4 MW of rooftop solar systems at 12 Big Basket facilities across four states in the country, namely Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.
“Online grocery sector in India is moving very rapidly with a highly competitive market. We have experienced rapid growth over the last few years which will continue going forward. For us, adopting solar power was always a natural choice for not to just reduce our energy costs but also to ensure our carbon footprint is offset by this initiative, we will continue to follow green ways to grow our business,” Ramesh V.S., co-founder of Big Basket said.
This partnership will help Big Basket generate approximately 310,64,120 units of green electricity, which will aid in the mitigating around 29,440 metric tons of carbon dioxide over a twenty-year duration.
“Solar sector in India is growing at a rapid pace, and Big basket as a leader in online grocery market will set the benchmark for other companies in the segment to follow environmentally conscious way for growth. With this partnership, Big Basket will be able to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to a large extent,” said Sanjeev Aggarwal, CEO & MD, AmplusSolar.
Recently Mercom reported about the opportunity for rooftop solar installations in the e-commerce industry in India. India’s e-commerce industry is expected to surpass the U.S. to become the second largest e-commerce market in the world by 2034.
Large e-commerce companies are including renewables in their corporate social responsibility and sustainability adoption plans. The e-commerce industry is still a small fraction of the rooftop space, accounting for approximately 1% to 2% of the total rooftop capacity installed in the country. In the future, e-commerce is expected to garner a bigger slice of the pie in terms of installed rooftop capacity.
Last year, Amazon India, a global e-commerce giant, had announced that it would set up 8,000 kW of rooftop solar installations by the end of the year at its fulfillment centers and sorting facilities across the country.
Moreover, Walmart India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walmart Inc, had also announced that it was planning to incorporate sustainable sources such as solar energy, water harvesting, and recycling to run its stores in the country.
Ramya Ranganath is an Associate Editor and Writer for Mercom Communications India. Before joining Mercom, Ramya worked as a Senior Editor at a digital media supply chain solutions company. Throughout her career, she has developed end-to-end content for various companies in a wide range of domains, including renewables. Ramya holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology and is passionate about environmental issues and permaculture.