Indian Airports Take on Solar Energy Plants

Published By : 28 Dec 2013 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

India has announced that airports in the country will be increasingly looking to solar power. The Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) last week announced about its set up of the 2.14 MW solar power plant in the country. Similarly, the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) also talked about its 1 MW plant in the south. 

Nonetheless, unlike the Delhi airport’s solar plant, the plant at Cochin fans over three locations within the airport (with several parts of it on rooftops). In addition, the plant at CIAL is functioning, but is yet to be formally inaugurated. The first plant of CIAL was built by Kolkata-based Vikram Solar. It was a 100 kW. However, the 1 MW plant was then set up by Emvee Photovoltaic of Bangalore. Other airports in Hyderabad and Bangalore are highly keen on tapping the solar energy too. Hyderabad wants to invest in a 5 MW system. 

But the fact is none of the airports are on the airside which is where ideally many airports abroad have their solar power systems. One of the CIAL officials said that a 320 kW plant has been installed on the wide roof of the MRO hangar. Another 550 kW is ground-mounted with the rest of it installed on the roof of the training center building. The CIAL official also said that the airports have plans to widen to solar power plant capacity of 10 MW, and most probably the future projects will be planned on the airside. 

Airports and hotels are typically larger land areas that have a very attractive market-base for the solar K.M. Santosh, the Managing Director of Enerparc Energy Pvt Ltd (the global pioneer in installing solar plants at airports within the country). The solar plant set up in the Delhi airport was installed by Enerparc. The director also added that airports have depreciation benefits, and thus solar is a very good way of attracting the business. Today, a 1 MW solar power plant generates 1.5 million units of electricity per year and costs between Rs 6 and 7 crore. 
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