Bharti Airtel has proclaimed expanding its green energy footprint by commissioning a captive solar power plant for its data centers in Uttar Pradesh.
The company has said that the 14 MWp captive solar power plant will enable it to meet the energy requirements of its core and edge data centers in India’s most populous state.
The facility in the city of Tilhar is the first of two solar plants being set up by Airtel in partnership with renewable energy company AMP Energy. A second plant in the town of Begampur is anticipated to go live in the next quarter.
Airtel has acquired a 26 percent equity stake in AMPSolar Evolution due to its commitment to green energy-based solutions. AMPSolar Evolution is a particular purpose vehicle whose purpose is to set up captive solar power projects in Uttar Pradesh.
Nxtra by Airtel, run by Airtel subsidiary Nxtra Data Limited, offers secure data center services to leading Indian and global enterprises, hyperscalers, start-ups, SMEs, and governments. It currently operates ten large and 120 edge data centers across India. During the 2022 financial year, Nxtra aims to meet over 50 percent of its power input through renewable energy sources and contribute to Airtel’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.