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Bharti Airtel unveils largest rooftop solar power plant

Bharti Airtel has announced that it has powered up its core location with Solar Power at Gangaganj, Lucknow. Gangaganj is one of the major switching and routing centre, which processes the voice & data traffic for the telecom operator.

The 100KWp non penetrating rooftop Solar power plant is the first of its kind in the Indian telecom industry and will save close to 26 thousand liters of diesel per year, said the global telecommunications company.

Going forward, the company is planning to replicate similar power plants in 6 other Core Locations generating close to 300 KWp of solar energy, added Bharti. The project has received 30 per cent subsidy from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).

“At Airtel we continuously evaluate the impact of our activities on the society and environment. It is our constant endeavor to develop innovative solutions that help us drive environmental conservation,” said Jagbir Singh, director, Network Services Group at Bharti Airtel.

“Gangaganj solar power plant is a concrete move in line with our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute towards building an inclusive society.”Singh further added, “We believe that our responsibility does not cease at providing superior quality to our customers.”

Bharti Airtel has recently launched its first Sustainability Report on India Operations. Along with various partners, the company has been working to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in its operations and has reported 11 percent reduction in GHG emissions per terabyte in network infrastructure in 2011-12.

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