World’s first solar-powered airport launched

India’s Cochin International uses 46,150 solar panels
The world’s first fully solar-powered airport, Cochin International, has been launched in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
With a 12 MWp solar power plant, comprising 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the cargo complex, the airport was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
The airport will have 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity per day to be consumed for all of its operational functions, which technically makes the airport “absolutely power neutral,” as the airport puts it.
The airport initially ventured into solar energy in March 2013, installing a 100 kWp solar plant on the roof of the arrivals terminal.
The Indian government is urging other airports around the country to start incorporating solar energy into their daily operations.
Indian Express


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