Kolkata airport is all set to go green with its first 15 MW solar plant. The PV plant is among the largest in all AAI (Airport Authority of India) airports across the country, and was switched on today – December 5 – by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
S Raheja Member (Planning) AAI told the PTI: “Once the solar plant becomes operational, we will be able to cut down on carbon emissions and at the same time do some cost cutting.” Raheja added that the solar plant will be able to meet the power requirement of the Terminal Building at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, which is around 10 – 11 MW per day.
Airport director Atul Dixit confirmed that the solar array is built on 67.5 acres of land in an operational area of the airport. The plant will generate 1.35 million kWh per month and this will reduce the AAI’s power bill by around INR 12 million ($186,000) a month.
Alongside Kolkata airport , Cochin airport has been fully powered by solar power since 2015 with a 12 MW ground mounted solar array. A further two airports that have similar ground mounted installations are Chandigarh (3 MW) and Jaipur (1.8 MW).