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ITC powers itself with wind clusters
The Hindu Business Line - 11 Jul 2013

Renewables to contribute over  50% of firm's consumption in 3 years

FMCG  major ITC Ltd is powering itself up with wind farm clusters.

As  it expands its wind power generation capacity, ITC gradually reduces its  dependence on fossil fuels.

Renewable  energy contributes to over 41 per cent of the company's total power  consumption. This is poised to go up to over 50 per cent as it sets up more  projects.

Lower Consumption

The  company has installed wind farms with over 70 MW at sites close to its  facilities and is in the process of setting up 63 MW more. Significantly, last  financial year, it also brought down overall power consumption across all its  business divisions. This is part of the corporate wide sustainability drive.

The  new capacity includes a 46 MW farm at its Paper unit at Bhadrachalam in Andhra  Pradesh. The company has recently awarded the supply contract to Gamesa India,  part of the Spanish wind energy equipment supplier.

Sanjib  Bezbaroa, Head of Corporate Environment, Health and Safety, told Business  Line ITC has adopted a low carbon growth path to address environmental  challenges such as global warming, climate change and depletion of natural  resources.

The  setting up renewable energy sources also addresses the objective of reducing  dependence on external source for power generation. Most States in South have  demand supply gap. "The contribution from renewable energy to the overall  energy consumption of ITC is about 41 per cent. We plan to take this to over 50  per cent within three years," he said.

The  company has commissioned a study of potential to generate additional power  through renewable energy sources.

"We  expect this process to be completed soon. This will outline where there is  potential and if this fits into the company's requirement. Merely having a  potential at one site will not be sufficient, it has to suit the company's  requirements," he explained.

"The  other thing about renewable energy source is it cannot fully meet the  requirement of large manufacturing units. Therefore, the setting up of new  units factors various issues," he said.

Renewables park

The  32-acre Infotech Park in Bangalore is fully powered by renewable energy, some  of the hospitality projects, including ITC Grand Chola, and paper units in  Coimbatore, Kovai and printing and packaging unit at Chennai are all supported,  some fully powered by wind farms. It is investing in wind farms to fully power  the new plant at Mysore.

The  company has invested over Rs 400 crore and expects to commit similar amount in  setting up more renewable energy projects in the country, sources indicated.