The giant telecom operator Bharti Airtel has commissioned a new solar power plant in Maharashtra. It is a 21-megawatt (MW) plant in Buldhana district. The news was confirmed in a press release by the company.

This has been done as a part of Bharti Airtel’s commitment to reduce carbon footprint and contribute to the global efforts to curb the effects of climate change. The expectation from the unit is to reduce almost 25,517 tonnes in carbon emissions annually.

The solar captive unit is spread over 80 acres. This is setup in partnership with Avaada. The plant will supply clean energy to Airtel’s Nxtra data centres and switching centres in Maharashtra.

“Sustainability is a priority area for Nxtra by Bharti Airtel. This is yet another step towards fulfilling our commitment to source more than 50 per cent power requirements of our data centres through renewable energy sources in the next 12 months and contribute to Airtel’s overall GHG emission reduction targets,” Nxtra by Airtel CEO Rajesh Tapadia said.