In yet another sustainable initiative, luxury automobile brand Volvo Car India has installed solar power panels at four community and primary health centres in parts of India. By Bayar Jain
After announcing the roll out its first pure electric compact SUV— Volvo Car India’s XC40 Recharge—the Swedish car brand has now taken its green initiatives beyond the road as well. Volvo Car India—along with execution partner ASSOCHAM—has now set up solar power panels at four community and primary health centres across India’s northern region. This includes one in Jewar in Gautam Buddh Nagar (Uttar Pradesh); one in Kheri Kalan village in Faridabad (Haryana); and two in Gurugram (Haryana), namely Bhorikalan and Bhangrola. As the year progresses, the automobile company aims to extend this initiative to other community health care centres as well.
Jyoti Malhotra, Managing Director at Volvo Car India confirms this: “Volvo is committed to sustainability, and providing renewable and green energy to these health centres showcases our commitment. We have initially set up solar power plants at four centres and have plans to expand this to other community health centres in these regions.”
Benefits of Volvo Car India’s Solar Panels
The four health centres together have recorded a combined 50 kW of captive solar power. Speaking about the initiative, Malhotra says, “These solar power panels lessen the Centre’s dependency on conventional energy, thereby contributing to a lesser carbon footprint and making health services sustainable. This initiative also reduces the cost of conventional energy at these health centres, as it feeds the excess solar power to the grid.”
Post need-based power consumption, these health centres can distribute excess power to the grid, in turn contributing towards sustainable energy resources, while simultaneously also lowering individual energy bills.
Sustainability At The Core
This, however, is not the only ‘green’ commitment by the luxury automobile brand. Volvo Car India, and the global company as a whole, have committed to becoming a pure electric car company by 2030. Add another 10 years to this and the company aims to be climate neutral. By 2025, the company also aims to reduce overall CO2 lifecycle emissions per car by 40%.