Indian airport world’s first to be fully solar powered

An airport in India is the world’s first to run completely on solar energy. Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), located in the southern state of Kerala, has installed a 12MW […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

An airport in India is the world’s first to run completely on solar energy.

Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), located in the southern state of Kerala, has installed a 12MW solar array, which includes more than 46,000 panels.

It is expected to generate up to 60,000 units of electricity a day to be used for all its operational functions.

Image: CIAL
The latest solar installation. Image: CIAL

CIAL previously installed a 100KW solar array on the rooftop of its Arrival Terminal Block and 1MW array at its Aircraft Maintenance Hangar facility within the airport premises.

“Over the next 25 years, this green power project will avoid carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants by more than three lakh metric tons, which is equivalent to planting three million trees or not driving 750 miles”, the airport said in a statement.

India has set a target of generating 100GW of solar power by 2022.

The first ever green Indian rupee bond worth £31 million has been issued on the London Stock Exchange.