Snapdeal, Indian online marketplace today announced its plans to utilise solar energy in a big way as an integral part of its daily operations. The green initiative will kick off at Snapdeal warehouses which are operated by Vulcan Express. The testing phase is complete at the centres in Gurgaon and Hyderabad and full scale roll out will commence shortly. Following this initiative, the centres will decrease power consumption by producing nearly 1MW at peak through solar panels and generate 1.5 million units per year. In addition to extensive use of solar power, the warehouses are in the process of becoming more energy efficient through installation of auto controllers for lighting systems, which will maintain the required lux levels and vary it as per operating requirements, thus making it the first such warehouse in the country.

Speaking about the initiative, Hardeep Singh, CEO Vulcan Express said, “Energy conservation for us is not only cost savings, but also our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint in various small and big ways. We have strategic relationships with lead vendors in this area and have worked out joint initiatives & innovations. In addition to use of solar power at our centres, we also encourage conservation by optimally planning our delivery routes to reduce fuel wastage.”

Other design features being implemented, to reduce dependence on grid power, are extensive use of sky lights at larger centres, LED lighting, roof insulation and HVLS Fans to reduce cooling and air conditioning costs. Off-site energy monitoring system & fuel management system will ensure closer remote monitoring and system alerts to plug excess consumption and leakages.

Snapdeal currently has 69 fulfilment centres spread across 25 cities in India. The company recently opened 6 mega logistics hubs in Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Kolkata in the run up to the festive season.

Snapdeal’s vision is to create India’s most reliable and frictionless commerce ecosystem that creates life-changing experiences for buyers and sellers. In February 2010, Kunal Bahl along with Rohit Bansal, started Snapdeal. Today Snapdeal is India’s largest online marketplace, with the widest assortment of 50 million plus products across 1000+ categories from over 125,000 regional, national, and international brands and retailers. With millions of users and more than 300,000 sellers, Snapdeal is the shopping destination for Internet users across the country, delivering to 6000+ cities and towns in India. In its journey till now, the company has partnered with several global marquee investors and individuals such as SoftBank, BlackRock, Temasek, Foxconn, Alibaba, eBay Inc., Premji Invest, Intel Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Mr. Ratan Tata, among others.

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