Keventer Agro Claims Strong Performance For Its Rooftop Solar Plant

Kolkata based food and dairy major, Keventer Agro, which retails premium dairy products, reports a strong performance from its rooftop solar plant, one of the largest in East India.

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The 2.15 MW plant was built over an area of over 2 lakh square feet at the firm’s plant in Barasat. The plant EPC was done by Vikram Solar, a leading module manufacturer and solar EPC firm, with a particularly strong foothold in East India. The plant was expected to produce 2.83 million units of electricity annually.

At the time of the plant’s commissioning in June last year, Keventer Agro MD Mayank Jalan had said that they hoped to reduce greenhouse gas footprint by 75 percent by 2025 and use renewable energy as much as possible.

Now, the firm claims that the plant has delivered on its promise, generating  around 1,90,000 kilowatt hour (KWH) of electrical energy per month,  enough to power its Metro Dairy plant for 11 hours daily. That’s a little lower than the originally mentioned figure of 2.83 million annually, which might be down to multiple reasons actually.

More importantly, it has helped set off it has offset more than 3,300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in a year and a half, since its commissioning. That, the firm claims, translates to an average monthly offset of 165 metric tons which is equivalent to planting more than 1875 trees.

The Keventer success story and satisfaction with Solar is an important case for the region, which has been a laggard in adding soar power, at both utility scale and rooftop solar. The latter has been a particular tragedy, considering the less than ideal situation in terms of dependable supply or even power costs in the region. A stronger push for rooftop solar will certainly find a ready market .

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