Yamaha Motor India Group has
installed a 1100 KW roof top solar power plant at company’s manufacturing
facility in Chennai. With this new installation, the total solar capacity of
Yamaha’s Chennai plant has increased to 1450 KW and the company has plans to
increase the total rooftop solar capacity to 3500 KW by the end of this year.
The new rooftop solar panels
cover factory building area including body shop, engine building, bus parking
and walkways for the employees and visitors. The unique feature of this
installation is the solar panels which have been mounted over the walkways in
the plant premises. The covered walkway with solar panels will not only help in
generating the green energy but also in protecting the employees from tough
weather condition. The new rooftop installation would reduce CO2 emission to
the extent of 1600 tons/year. Yamaha has partnered with Mahindra Susten for the
installation of these Rooftop Solar panels.
Speaking on the initiative,
Riuji Kawashima, Deputy Managing Director, India Yamaha Motor, noted, “Adoption
of Renewable Power is the need of the hour in order to save energy and provide
a clean and green environment to the society. As a manufacturing company, we
have a responsibility to support initiatives that can help reduce CO2 emissions
and contribute towards the objective of energy conservation. The installation
of the solar power project at our plants further reinstates our commitment
towards building an energy saving factory that is friendly to people and the
global environment. We also would like to highlight that our Chennai factory is
the least CO2 emission factory among the Yamaha Motor Group Companies around
In the first phase, Yamaha had
installed 190 KW and 140 KW of rooftop solar panels in the Spare Parts Building
and R&D Building in the plant premises in 2015. Yamaha’s Chennai factory
which was inaugurated in 2015 incorporates state-of-the-art infrastructure and
advanced technologies for Zero-water discharge and recycle/reuse of waste water
and maximum use of sunlight. All the buildings are designed to bear load of the
solar power system installation. All common utilities are located in the centre
to minimize distribution loss and centralized management.
Similarly, Yamaha has
partnered with the solar service provider, M/s. Amplus Solar for installation,
operation and maintenance of Solar Power System at its Surajpur plant. This is
one of the largest roof top solar power plant with total capacity of 6200 KW.
This project was commissioned in two phases. Phase I was inaugurated in January
2016 with generation capacity of 4000 KWp and phase II was commissioned in
October 2017 with generation capacity of 2200 Kwp.
Recently under phase II, 105
KW capacity solar power plant was installed in the car parking area inside the
plant premises. Approximately, 47 cars can be parked under state-of-the-art
solar power plant which is also capable of meeting the future requirement of
charging battery operated cars. This particular area has a power generation
capacity of 500 Units per day.
Sanjiv Paul, Senior Vice
President, India Yamaha Motor, said, “As the leading two-wheeler manufacturers,
Yamaha understands its role in the industrial evolution and its responsibility
in reducing the carbon footprints. The solar power project in our plants will
definitely take forward Yamaha’s commitment towards enhancing their presence in
the sphere of energy efficient companies while focussing on creating solutions
around Sustainable Development.”
As a responsible corporate,
Yamaha aims to minimise the environmental impact of its business activities.
The company has adopted the culture of environment preservation by implementing
‘5Rs’ - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reform, Refuse through ‘3Es’ – Easy to make,
Easy to Repair and Easy to Disassemble approach. Yamaha has successfully implemented
green procurement and eliminated the use of environmentally hazardous
substances from its two-wheelers. All of Yamaha plants in India are certified
with Environment Management System ISO 14001:2015 and Occupational and Health
Management system OHSAS 18001:2007.
Source: Yamaha Motor India
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