The cement industry is one of the most energy-intensive industries in the global market. The cement industries need enormous energy to go about their operations. According to the IEA, the direct CO2 intensity of cement production increased by about 1.5% per year during 2015- 2021. 

India is primarily dependent on the burning of fossil fuels for its energy requirements which produce a large amount of carbon. As the Cement industry needs an extensive amount of energy, they end up using more of the energy that is obtained from the burning of fossil fuels. This directly gets added to their quota of carbon emissions.

A solar installation at a cement industry facility showcasing the transformative benefits of renewable energy

A solar installation at a cement industry facility, exemplifies the advantages of renewable energy.

The sector is in urgent need of a cleaner and more sustainable source of energy. Solar energy offers a promising solution to all small to large-scale cement manufacturers, to reduce their carbon footprint as well as their operational expenditures.  In this blog, we will learn more about how solar power energy can help benefit the cement industry. 

Benefits of solar power system

Solar energy offers the finest solution to the cement industry by addressing all the major problems that it faces, Solar becomes the most feasible and desired form of energy for the cement industry going forward. The inclusion of solar into the cement industry not only solves their problem related to power but also plays a huge role in environmental sustainment and a greener future.

How cement industry will benefit from the solar transition?

The cost-effectiveness of solar power has improved over time, making it an appealing choice for businesses, homeowners, and communities alike. Its long-term cost stability delivers financial savings and decreases susceptibility to volatile fossil fuel prices, it also extends energy access, providing electricity to remote areas and presenting off-grid solutions that enhance the quality of life and open up economic prospects for communities worldwide. Embracing solar power is crucial for creating a sustainable, resilient, and prosperous future.

 Offsetting GHG emissions

The cement production process emits a significant amount of greenhouse gasses, both directly and indirectly. With the help of solar PV power systems, the cement industries can reduce carbon emissions from energy usage and utilize cleaner energy sources for their day-to-day operations. This will help to cut down the scope 2 emissions produced by the facilities.

Reducing the operational costs

Cement production activities require huge amounts of energy to run their operations including machinery, lighting, HVAC systems, etc. This creates a huge electricity demand for the processes. Currently to cater to this demand grid power, or fossil fuel-based power generation is utilized. These sources will become unsuitable in the long run due to energy inflation and fluctuations in fossil fuel prices and ramp up the costs even more in the future.

Solar PV energy systems will give reliability and cost savings in the long run. It comes with flexibility in deployment, with the aid of renewable energy policies and adoption models which makes the transition to clean energy efficient, compared to other technologies. This will help companies to procure energy at substantially lower costs, which in turn will reflect a reduction in operational costs in the long run.

Achieve sustainability goals faster

Going solar is one of the best ways to fast-track the sustainability milestones of a company. By installing solar cement companies will be able to offset a large chunk of their carbon emissions which can boost their ESG targets as well as the Net Zero goals.

Fast Return on Investment

Solar is a highly lucrative investment in terms of Returns Generated over time. Once a solar power system is installed the company can expect an ROI roughly in 3-5 years. After the breakeven point, the system will continue to provide returns in terms of savings for the next 15 to 20 years, given that proper maintenance is done regularly.

Tax Benefits

Solar adoption is encouraged among industries by governments across India. Through different schemes, the owner of the solar power system can claim tax benefits in the form of Accelerated Depreciation Benefits up to 40% of the initial investment. 

Shree Cement’s clean energy journey with U-Solar

Shree Cement, one of the main players in the Indian cement industry decided to reduce its carbon footprint by embracing clean energy for its operations. U-Solar has a total installed capacity of 28 MWp in Shree Cement’s RE portfolio. The system will generate 25500 MWh of clean energy annually and will offset 23181 Tonnes of carbon each year.

Why Choose U-Solar Solutions?

U-Solar, a rapidly expanding solar engineering, procurement, and construction firm in India, has evolved into a solar development company with a substantial portfolio of assets nationwide. Our primary focus is assisting significant industrial, commercial, and institutional in both cost reduction and embracing environmentally friendly practices. 

Facilitating their transition to sustainable operations aligns with our fundamental principles, aiming for a smooth shift towards clean energy. Our key strengths lie in our comprehensive grasp of the business, technical, policy, and economic dimensions of solar power generation, enabling us to offer customers optimal solutions tailored to their specific needs.

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