Oommen Chandy, the Chief minister of Kerela inaugurated the world’s first 12 MWp solar power plant at the Cochin Airport on Tuesday.
The plant comprises 46,150 solar panels that are laid across 45 acres of land. This plant will enable Cochin airport to produce 50,000-60,000 units of solar power for its routine operations. By installing the solar plant, the airport becomes ‘absolutely power neutral’.
Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) had first installed a 100 kWp (kilowatt peak) solar plant on the rooftop of the arrival terminal in March 2013. This plant, in another 25 years will eschew the carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants by more than 3 lakh metric tonnes.
While the other airports are planning to go green, the Delhi airport has a 2.1-Mw solar plant and Mumbai airport has a 650-kW rooftop solar plant.