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Sanofi India to install 2.1MW wind power plant

Healthcare multinational Sanofi India has signed an agreement with the BRIC country’s largest wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy Limited for a 2.1MW offsite turbine installation

Sanofi India wind power plant
The new offsite wind power project will generate 2.1MW renewable energy for Sanofi India

A project has been set up by Suzlon Energy Limited and Sanofi India to generate 2.1MW renewable power for captive consumption at Sanofi’s Ankleshwar manufacturing site.

“We are very pleased to partner with Suzlon to explore the use of wind energy, which is today India’s fastest growing renewable energy source,” Dr Shailesh Ayyangar, managing director-India and vice-president South Asia said.

“As a global healthcare leader, Sanofi believes that reducing our carbon footprint and using energy responsibly are part of our mission to help protect life on this planet.”

According to reports, the healthcare company has already made successful attempts before to use renewable energy for manufacturing. In 2012, Sanofi’s Goa manufacturing site started using biomass from agro waste to generate energy. Accordingly, the biomass project helped reduce the site’s steam cost as well as its dependence on fossil fuel.

Healthcare is not the only industry investing in renewable energy. In July 2013, Tata Power Solar completed a 2MW solar power plant for Chennai Silks.

“It is extremely encouraging to see businesses taking proactive steps to offset their carbon emissions. We look forward to building a successful wind power project with Sanofi,” said Tulsi Tanti, chairman of Suzlon Group.

The Ankleshwar facility is one of Sanofi’s three GMP (good manufacturing practice) compliant sites in India.

This is part of a growing wind power strategy from Suzlon Energy Limited. Earlier this year, the company installed the world’s largest wind turbines for C-Power’s Thornton Bank offshore wind farm in Belgium.