Dell India today announced the installation of a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Grid Connected System at its premises in Whitefield, Bangalore. With a capacity of 42.78 kilowatt peak, the grid system will help Dell reduce its carbon footprint by an estimated 54.9 tons of CO2-equivalent per year. With this installation, Dell’s Whitefield campus becomes the second Dell site globally and the first in the APJ region to deploy a solar PV system.
Dell’s installation of 186 solar panels across 3340 square feet will avoid the use of batteries. Batteries require energy for cooling, frequent maintenance and have a limited life span, all of which can have environmental costs. This new PV system will replace a portion of the grid power provided by the Electricity Board and the facility’s electrical generators with clean energy from the sun. Approximately 22.6% of Dell’s global electricity consumption came from renewable sources in FY13.