Kochi airport installs 12MW solar plant

V. Sajeev Kumar Kochi | Updated on March 12, 2018

Solar panels installed at Cochin International Airport

To be world's first airport to run entirely on solar power

Cochin International Airport is all set to emerge as the world’s first ‘Green Airport’ by tapping solar power to meet its energy requirements.

The company has installed a 12 MW solar plant with more than 46,000 panels on 45 acres at an investment of ₹62 crore (₹5.17crore per MW).

“With the commissioning of the plant, Cochin International Airport will become the world’s first airport to be completely powered by solar energy — as its entire power requirements of about 50,000 units each day will be met through solar energy generated from these plants,” V.J. Kurien, Managing Director, CIAL, said.

The project will be inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on August 18, he told reporters here on Thursday.   

The setting up of the project has enabled the company to produce 18 million units of power annually, which is adequate to feed 10,000 homes for one year, he said, adding that KSEB has given permission for banking the energy produced.    

The contract was awarded to Bosch Ltd, Bangalore, through a global tender and the work has been completed in a short span of six months.

CIAL’s initial entry into the solar sector was during March 2013 when a 100 KW peak solar power plant was installed on the rooftop of the arrival terminal with 400 panels. This was subsequently scaled up to 1000 KWp in the same year. Inspired by the success, the company decided to set up a large 12 MW plant, he said. 

Published on August 13, 2015

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