Peder Sondergaard, Senior Vice President at APM Terminals (APMT) officially introduced a new solar power initiative at APMT Mumbai.
Solar panels have been installed on the roofs of two terminal structures with a power generation potential of 361,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) units per year.
Ravi Gaitonde, COO at APMT Mumbai, said: “APMT and the APMT global terminal network are always looking for opportunities to improve services and enhance environmentally sustainable business operations.
“The Mumbai Solar Panel Project reaffirms our commitment to green power and caring for the Indian environment.”
Phase I of the Solar Power Project, which is now underway, included the installation and implementation of solar panels on the roofs of the terminal’s workshop and central gate complex.
Phase II will see the installation of solar panels on the roof tops of the ship-to-shore crane machine houses, with an expected completion date of June 2016, following trial testing. These new panels will generate an additional 220,000 kWh (kilowatt hour) units per year.
Phase III of the project is currently in the conceptual stage, and will call for panels covering a wider surface area, resulting in solar generation of approximately 15% of the terminal’s total annual power requirement, approximately five million kWh (kilowatt hour) units per year.
Accessibility to clean, carbon-free, renewable energy sources will become increasingly important for ongoing economic growth as India’s population is expected to expand by an estimated 200 million (the approximate size of the current population of Brazil) over the next 15 years.