Yamaha has further strengthened its commitment towards environment conservation. They have installed a 1100 KW roof top solar power plant at company’s manufacturing facility in Chennai. With this new installation, the total solar capacity of Yamaha’s Chennai plant has increased to 1450 KW. The company plans to increase the total rooftop solar capacity to 3500 KW by the end of this year.

The new rooftop solar panels cover the body shop, engine building, bus parking and walkways for the employees and visitors. The new rooftop installation would reduce CO2 emission to the extent of 1600 tons/year.

Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Riuji Kawashima, Deputy Managing Director, India Yamaha Motor, said, “Adoption of Renewable Power is the need of the hour in order to save energy and provide a clean and green environment to the society. As a manufacturing company, we have a responsibility to support initiatives that can help reduce CO2 emissions. And to contribute towards the objective of energy conservation. The installation of the solar power project at our plants further reinstates our commitment towards building an energy saving factory that is friendly to people and the global environment. We also would like to highlight that our Chennai factory is the least CO2 emission factory among the Yamaha Motor Group Companies around the world.”

The First Phase

Yamaha had installed 190 KW and 140 KW of rooftop solar panels in the Spare Parts Building and R&D Building in the plant premises in 2015. Yamaha inaugurated the Chennai factory in 2015. It incorporates state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced technologies for Zero-water discharge and recycle/reuse of waste water and maximum use of sunlight. All the buildings are designed to bear load of the solar power system installation. All common utilities are located in the centre to minimize distribution loss and centralized management.

Mr. Sanjiv Paul, Senior Vice President, India Yamaha Motor
, said, “As the leading two-wheeler manufacturers, Yamaha understands its role in the industrial evolution and its responsibility in reducing the carbon footprints. The solar power project in our plants will definitely take forward Yamaha’s commitment towards enhancing their presence in the sphere of energy efficient companies while focussing on creating solutions around Sustainable Development.”

Yamaha's Vision

Yamaha aims to minimize the environmental impact of its business activities. The company has adopted the culture of environment preservation by implementing ‘5Rs’. They are Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reform, Refuse. Yamaha achives this by using the ‘3Es’. That is Easy to make, Easy to Repair and Easy to Disassemble approach. Yamaha has successfully implemented green procurement and eliminated the use of environmentally hazardous substances from its two-wheelers.