Skoda Auto Volkswagen Installs 18.5 MW Rooftop Solar Plants


  • Škoda inaugurates a massive rooftop solar plant at the Chakan facility in Pune
  • The project will produce 26.6 million units of clean energy annually and meet 30% of the facility’s electricity demand.

Automobile giant, Škoda Auto Volkswagen inaugurated an 18.5 MW Rooftop solar plant for their Chakan facility in Pune, Maharashtra. The facility produces several models of the Škoda automobiles and exports vehicles to foreign markets. The project, which will reduce the company’s dependence on non-renewable energy sources, is in line with the VW group’s global goTOzero mission.

The rooftop solar installation will generate 26.6 million kWh of energy annually and cover 30% of the facility’s energy requirements. Moreover, as per the company statement, the project will offset more than 28% of the carbon emissions released in the car production process at the site.

“As India sets its sights on a greener future, with renewable energy and reduced carbon emissions at the forefront, we are proud to play our part in this transition. The inauguration of one of the automotive industry’s largest solar-power rooftops at our Pune plant is a testament to the Volkswagen Group’s commitment to ‘goTOzero’ and our efforts towards a carbon-neutral future.” Says Mr. Piyush Arora, Managing Director and CEO of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited.

Škoda Auto Volkswagen is the Indian subsidiary of the German automotive manufacturing group, Volkswagen. In the past few years, the company launched many green energy projects to expand its sustainability portfolio and meet the target of reaching net neutrality by 2030.

Towards the end of 2022, Škoda Auto’s Aurangabad facility switched to 100 percent green energy.

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Resource: The Times of India

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