Under the Opex Financing Model, Decathlon has installed a solar power plant.

Decathlon S.A. in line with UN’s Sustainability
Development Goals, SDG 7 and SDG 13 is committed to the cause of sustainability
while remaining true to its primary purpose of making the benefits and pleasure
of sport accessible to the many. The company has achieved 2.5% reduction in carbon
intensity per product sold in 2018, has extensive plans to procure 100%
renewable electricity by 2026 for all their stores and warehouses and also
support their industrial partners in the journey of becoming a RE100 company.
The company also plans to introduce 100% eco-friendly and eco-designed products
by the year 2021. Therefore it does not come as a surprise when one of their
newest retail store in Enikepadu, Vijayawada decided to go solar and install a
grid-connected rooftop solar power plant to meet electricity requirements and
offset a major chunk of their utility bills from clean solar power.

The capacity of the grid-connected rooftop solar
power plant installed at Decathlon Vijayawada is 200 kWp, has been constructed
using Tier 1 solar company Trina Solar’s premium quality 330 Wp
poly-crystalline solar PV modules totaling 606 nos., 1 no. each of 50 kW and
60 kW high efficiency SUNGROW on-grid solar inverters enabled
with Trinity Touch Data Logger Monitoring System and highest quality Balance of
System (BoS) including cables, safety life lines to carry out risk free post
installation O&M activities along with other essential safety equipment
etc.This state of the art solar power plant was
setup under U-Solar’s OPEX financing model, wherein the entire cost of
Engineering, Procurement and Commissioning of the plant is managed by U-Solar
while Decathlon Vijayawada reaps the benefits of clean and inexpensive solar
power by entering into a long term PPA with a tenure of 20 years. With the
installation of this solar power plant, Decathlon Vijayawada has successfully managed
to offset 40% of their monthly electricity bills.

Picture
below illustrates the environmental impact of the 200 kWp grid-connected rooftop
solar power plant,

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Decathlon is one of the most easily recognizable brand names when it comes to sports equipment, today. The French sporting goods retailing giant now has over 1000 stores in nearly 50 countries, making it the largest sporting goods and equipment retailer in the World. Since its inception in 1976, Decathlon has created over 25 brands of sporting equipment across various sports categories, which have now become household brand-names across the World. The company files up to 40 patents every year in developing innovative new products for its owned brands, and employs more than 85,000 people world-wide which goes to show that product innovation and community development is at the heart of everything that Decathlon does as a company.

As
the World gears up to make a paradigm shift towards renewable energy, sustainability
is at the center of every decision taken by leaders of some of the largest
organisations. In this sense Decathlon is leading the way in terms of renewable
energy adoption, primarily from solar for their numerous stores and warehouses
across the globe. The potential environmental and social impact Decathlon can
make by making the important switch to clean and green solar power is immense
and the future generations will benefit immensely from their positive and
proactive decisions taken today.

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If your organization is looking to adopt solar, please feel free to get in touch with us. We believe in partnering with our clients on their sustainability journey.

Piyush Kapoor | +91 9986943767 | piyush.kapoor@usolar.in

Dhwani Sunku | +91 9739824002 | dhwani.sunku@usolar.in