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Nxtra to power Indian DCs with 140,208 MWh of renewable energy

Nxtra by Airtel, a major player in India’s data centre market, is planning to source more power for its data centers from renewable energy sources. The company announced that it has entered into a power-wheeling agreement with two energy companies, AmpIn Energy and Amplus Energy, to procure an additional 140,208 MWh of renewable energy.

In an official statement, Nxtra said that with this new initiative, it had enhanced its existing commitment of reducing its carbon footprint through renewable energy sources annually by approximately the equivalent of 99,547 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). It already has several other initiatives that aim to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its operations by 100% by FY2031.

Ashish Arora (CEO, Nxtra by Airtel) said, “These new partnerships reflect our commitment to lead India’s green data centre space and fulfill our commitment to achieve Net Zero emission by 2031. The additional clean energy supply will increase our renewable energy share to approximately 70% in the overall energy mix for our core data centers.” He further said, “As we work towards building more capacity in coming years and gear up for Generative AI powered loads, we are fully cognizant of our responsibility towards environment and are prepared to mitigate the impact on climate.”

Nxtra further explained, “As per the agreement, AmpIn Energy and Amplus Energy will set up captive solar and wind power plants of 48 MWdc and 24.3 MW, respectively for Nxtra’s data centres in Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. The 25-year agreements are in line with Nxtra’s commitment to achieving its net-zero target of 2031 and further strengthen its credentials as India’s largest chain of green data centres in the country.”

The company further revealed the details of the agreement as under:

  • Power plant in Tamil Nadu in partnership with Amplus Energy – 24.3 MW Wind + 28 MWdc Solar | 109,798 MWh | ~77,957 tCO2e annual carbon reduction
  • Power plant in Uttar Pradesh in partnership with AmpIn Energy Transition – 12 MWdc Solar | 17,880 MWh | ~12,694 tCO2e annual carbon reduction
  • Power plant in Odisha in partnership with AmpIn Energy Transition – 08 MWdc Solar | 12,530 MWh | 8,896 tCO2e annual carbon reduction

The company has a vast network of data centres across India with 12 large and 120 edge data centres. Nxtra says that will invest over Rs 5000 crores over the next few years to build six new hyperscale data centres across key metro cities in India and expand its capacity by 2X to over 400 MW. W.Media

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