WayCool Leads the Way by Enabling Climate-Friendly Power

Srinidhi Rao

The Green Energy Mission by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) targets installing 100 GW grid-connected solar power plants by the year 2022. This target is consistent with India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) goal to attain around 40% of cumulative installed capacity for electric power from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030 and to reduce the GDP’s emission intensity by 33% to 35% from 2005 levels.

Under the environmental and social strategic pillars of WayCool, we recognize climate action as an important aspect in our march towards Net Zero goals. Aligned to our ambitions, we leverage the abundance of roof area available at our distribution centers to harness green power and increase the share of clean energy adoption and reduce our dependence on energy generated from fossil fuel sources.

WayCool, in its mission to drive sustainable and cost effective operations in its warehouses and distribution centers, has an installed capacity of 185.5 kWp rooftop solar power plants. Through 5 rooftop solar installations till date, 7.5% of WayCool’s total energy consumption comes from solar power and by pioneering usage of rooftop green power, we have generated 116,000+ kWh (units) of electricity till date. The impact translates into the avoidance of over 96,200+ kg of CO2e of GHG emissions and an estimated energy cost savings of INR 390,000 till date.

With its latest addition to its armory to fight climate change, WayCool has executed the installation of 85 kWp of on-grid rooftop solar plant at its Chromepet Repacking Centre. The salient components of this installation consist of high-efficiency monocrystalline panels, each with a capacity of 545 Wp. This solar plant is also IoT-enabled for remote monitoring, synchronized seamlessly with grid power with no manual intervention needed for running the plant and monitoring its performance.

Generally, due to policy restrictions in India on the export of power, large solar installations always present a challenge in terms of planning and execution. Through smart planning and execution, this plant ensures that between peak solar hours of 8 am to 5 pm 90% of the DC’s daytime power consumption directly comes from green power thereby driving sustainability in its operations.

In addition to these challenges, the structural strength of the roof of the DC posed challenges due to its construction and orientation. The 40-year-old shed of the DC was strengthened after thorough technical and professional consultation from Anna University. After a total of 800 man-hours of working with high safety standards adopted, the shed was reinforced to house solar panels.

The solar power plant generates an average of 350 kWh (units) per day. With an annual generation of 125,000+ units of green power, this project is expected to avoid around 106,000 kgCO2e GHG emissions per year. Driving a climate-smart model, we realized business smart impact through such projects that have the potential of reducing operations cost from the purchase of electricity by around 40% which translates to a cost reduction of INR 560,000 through avoidance in purchasing power from the grid.

With such green energy projects, WayCool is working strongly in alignment with India’s National Development Council (NDC) to reduce its carbon footprint by 2030. By saying “the sun is our partner in goodwill”, we aim to adopt more renewable energy and increase our share of power that comes from clean energy sources. We are working closely towards making solar energy a key player in the present energy ecosystem. By driving operational sustainability by enabling the usage of green energy, we are creating a cleaner future for the environment, for our farmers, our people, and most importantly, our planet.

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