KOCHI: Unfolding a new chapter in the Indian history, the Cochin International Airport, Kochi on Tuesday officially became the first airport in the world to run completely on solar power. The airport gets 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity each day that is purely generated by solar energy only. For this purpose, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the 12 MWp solar power plant that comprises of 46,150 solar panels paved across an area of 45 acres in the airport. The plant was installed by the Kolkata-based solar power firm, Vikram Solar Pvt. Ltd.
The foundation of this 100% solar powered airport was laid back in March, 2013 when a 100 kWp solar PV Plant was set up at the Arrival Terminal Block. After the successful commissioning of this plant, CIAL installed a 1 MWp solar PV power plant partly on the rooftop and partly on the ground in the Aircraft Maintenance Hangar facility within the airport premises. Extending the infrastructure further, the airport recently got more solar grids that proudly made it the world’s first solar airport.
After starting operations, these solar plants till now have saved over 550MT of CO2 emissions, which clearly shows the efforts of Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) towards minimising degradation to the environment and carrying out sustainable development.