Built at an investment of INR 62 crores or INR 5.17 crores per MW that a 12 MW solar plant has been installed at Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL). The entire system includes 46,000 panels spread over an area of 45 acres. The installation of this new solar system makes the Cochin airport India’s first green airport and the first airport in the world to be completely powered by solar energy.
The solar power plant has been set up by Bosch Limited, Bangalore, with the entire installation work completed in six months. The project is to be inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on August 18.
Cochin International Airport utilizes around 50,000 units for its daily requirements. This new installation is slated to generate around 48,000 units per day which along with electricity generated from existing 1.10 MW plants will be sufficient to meet the daily requirements at the airport.
In March 2013, Cochin Airport set up a solar power photovoltaic plant of 100 kWp capacity on the roof of the Arrival Terminal Block. It is following its success that the airport went ahead and expanded its solar capacity with a 1 MW solar plant in the Aircraft Maintenance Hangar facility. This has allowed the airport to produce 18 million units annually which equates to electric feed to 10,000 homes for a year.