On Wednesday, Bharti Airtel Ltd. said that Nxtra, a subsidiary and top data center provider in India, will acquire an extra 140,208 MWh of renewable energy capacity for its data centers.

To produce more renewable energy, the Bharti Airtel subsidiary has power-wheeled with Ampln Energy and Amplus Energy. By doing this, Nxtra has increased its yearly CO2 emissions by about 99,547 tons, fulfilling its pledge to use renewable energy sources to lessen the company’s carbon impact.

The power-wheeling agreements specify that AmpIn Energy and Amplus Energy will endeavor to establish captive solar and wind power facilities with 48 MWdc and 24.3 MW of capacity, respectively, for Nxtra’s data centers. Several states, including Tamil Nadu, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh, are home to these data centers.

According to a press statement from the firm dated February 14, 2024, the 25-year deal is following Nxtra’s goal to meet its net-zero aim by 2031. Further, it reinforces its credentials as India’s largest chain of green data centers in the nation.

The project indicated above complements Nxtra’s several other initiatives to lower scope 1 and scope 2 absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 100% by FY2031 across all of its activities.

These new collaborations demonstrate our resolve to set the standard for environmentally friendly data centers in India and to meet our goal of net zero emissions by 2031. The CEO of Nxtra by Airtel, Ashish Arora, stated on Wednesday that the additional clean energy supply will increase our renewable energy share to approximately 70% in the overall energy mix for our core data centers.”

We are gradually moving away from our predominate reliance on conventional energy sources and into the new era of green sources due to the rising environmental concerns over the previous several decades. Since the pandemic is jeopardizing our basic way of life, sustainability has become essential in every sector and is a key component of this green transformation.

Because of these extraordinary circumstances and the massive global data consumption, we are now digitally first. As a result, as the need for data increases over the next several decades, more data centers will eventually be built around the nation.

There has never been a greater pressing need to control emissions and facilitate the switch to carbon-free energy sources. Due to their large energy use, data centers are a major source of emissions. Nevertheless, by utilizing renewable energy sources like solar energy and green hydrogen, these emissions may be reduced.