Mumbai data centre to consume power from local solar project

Princeton Digital Group (PDG) has announced that it has signed a renewable Power Consumption Agreement (PCA) with a subsidiary of Tata Power Renewable Energy, one of India’s largest renewable energy companies. Under the agreement, PDG’s MU1 data centre in Airoli, Mumbai will consume power generated by a solar project located in Nanded district, Maharashtra.

The project is a captive development with investment from both companies that will provide PDG’s MU1 its first phase of renewable energy.

The long-term agreement will enable PDG to take a meaningful step towards digital decarbonisation by establishing a roadmap for its MU1 data centre to be powered with up to 50 per cent renewable energy.

“Cloud and digital adoption continue to surge in India leading to unprecedented growth in digital infrastructure. This gives us an opportunity to make long term decisions that not only fosters growth and innovation but also solves for sustainability,” said Vipin Shirsat, managing director, India, PDG. “Our agreement with Tata Power enables us to offer world class sustainable data centre services to our customers by substituting a substantial part of conventional energy with renewable energy. This partnership is testament to PDG’s commitment to work towards achieving Net Zero for our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2030.”

According to PDG, sustainability is a core business focus. The company’s environment strategy is driven by procurement of renewable energy, energy and resource efficiency, green design and construction and Technology and innovation. As a multi-country operator in Asia, PDG is working with leading renewable energy companies in the region to transition its portfolio of data centres from conventional power to low- or zero-carbon energy options.

“We are excited to announce our association with Princeton Digital Group. Through this agreement, we re-affirm our mission of offering reliable green energy solutions that are specially designed to varying requirements of our commercial and industrial customers,” said said Ashwinikumar Patil, chief – O&M & CSR, Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited & CEO, WREL.

“This association will help PDG reduce their carbon footprint and enable their MU1 data centre to adopt renewable energy solutions. TPREL is committed to making sustainable energy attainable via such industry collaborations. We look forward to continuing our association with PDG as the company grows its footprint in India,”

In December 2022, PDG launched the first phase of its MU1 data centre, providing 48 megawatts of critical IT capacity across two buildings. The data centre is Mumbai’s first IGBC Platinum certified facility, a premium green data centre certification and India’s first Open Compute Project (OCP) Ready certified facility. It is also an Uptime Tier III certified facility.

MU1 also received the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) 2023 Gold Award for health and safety performance.

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