Cochin International Airport (CIAL) in Kerala, India has recently made aviation history by becoming the first airport to run only on solar power.
Last week, the 12 MWp solar power plant was unveiled, comprised of 46,150 solar panels spanning across 45 acres near a cargo complex. The solar power plant is now producing 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity every day for all of the airport’s operational functions, making it ‘”absolutely power neutral,” according to CIAL.
CIAL has long been an advocate of implementing alternative energy technologies wherever possible. Two years ago, the airport installed a 100-kWp solar photovoltaic plant on the roof top of the Arrival Terminal Block. Once deemed successful, CIAL installed a 1-MWp solar PV power plant partly on the roof top and partly on the ground in the Aircraft Maintenance Hangar facility within the Airport premises.
Now the airport is completely solar.