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STT GDC India unveils renewable energy procurement

08 March 2021 | Abigail Opiah

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ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (India) (STT GDC India) has announced a partnership with Avaada MHKhamgaon Private Limited, a subsidiary of Avaada Energy Private Limited to procure 99MUs/annum (99 Million kWh) of renewable energy under a captive structure.

The company said the 99MUs would cater to the company’s facilities in the state of Maharashtra.

STT GDC India claims that 34% of power for all its facilities comes from renewable sources, and adds that it makes STT GDC one of the largest users of renewable sources among data centre operators in India.

The partnership with Avaada Energy along with all the existing sustainability initiatives, is set to lead to an annual reduction of 456,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2025.

This is equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by removing more than 90,000 passenger vehicles from India’s roads in a year. 

“Ever since the inception of STT GDC India, we have strived towards best practices in innovation and sustainability,” said Sumit Mukhija, CEO at STT GDC India.

“This decision reflects our relentless commitment to champion sustainable best practices and lead the industry in a similar direction.

“Going forward, a significant portion of all incremental power for all our new and existing facilities will come from carbon-free sources.

“We are also closely working with regulators, government agencies and power generation companies to explore suitable environment and banking regimes that can enable us to eventually reach close to 100% net renewable energy in terms of power sourcing for our operational data centres.

“Avaada Energy understands the global benchmarks of excellence that we hold to as we seek to strengthen our position as the market leader in supporting all our mission-critical applications.”

This initiative sets a new standard for sustainability for the data centre sector in India, according to the company.

“Green initiatives and sustainability are an indispensable part of STT GDC India’s corporate direction,” added STT GDC India in a written release.

“The company has deployed renewable power via captive power generation structures that offer clean and reliable power in close partnership with established energy players.”