New Delhi: To harness solar power for its energy needs Maruti Suzuki India Ltd - country’s largest vehicle manufacturer- on Wednesday announced setting up of a solar power plant with a capacity of 5 megawatt in its manufacturing facility in Gurugram.

The company will invest around 24 crore, and will offset carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to the tune of over 5390 tonnes annually, for the next 25 years. This is the second grid based solar power plant for Maruti Suzuki. The first solar power plant was set up in 2014 at Manesar, with 1 MW capacity. In 2018, this solar power plant was further expanded to 1.3 mega watt, Maruti Suzuki said in a press statement issued.

The power generated from the solar power plant will be synchronised with the captive power plant to cater to the internal energy needs of the Gurugram facility.

According to Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director, Maruti Suzuki, solar energy is abundant, versatile and efficient. This solar power initiative is in line with the company’s philosophy to adopt environment friendly technologies and lower CO2 emissions.

“Through this solar power plant facility we will harness renewable energy for our business needs over next 25 years. Maruti Suzuki is committed to expand its environment care initiatives in products, in manufacturing processes and in business operations," added Ayukawa.

The energy requirement at Maruti’s manufacturing facilities is met by Natural Gas-based captive power plant, supported by grid power. The new solar power plant will complement the power generating capability at the manufacturing plant.