Airport Authority of India’s first entirely solar powered airport inaugurated in Puducherry


Solar energy is absolutely a renewable energy resource. Puducherry Airport has become the Airport Authority of India’s first entirely solar powered airport in the country. It has the commissioning of 500 KWp ground-mounted solar power plant at a cost of 2.8 crores. KWp is essentially the rate at which it generates energy at peak performance. Peak performance is generally noon on a sunny day. The combined sum of electricity the system generates in a year is measured in kilowatt hours. Lok Sabha member V Vaithilingam in the presence of N Gokulakrishnan, R Madhavan and Vijay Upadhyay and many other dignitaries inaugurated the airport. The annual electrical energy consumption of the airport on an average is 0.73 million units. The solar power plant has 1,540 highly efficient polycrystalline solar PV panels which generate 2,000 units of energy per day. The solar power plant would make the airport thoroughly power neutral. The airport will now save the electricity bill of approximately Rs 10 Lakh per month. The plant will also reduce the carbon emission footprint by 6,570 metric tonne which is equivalent to planting more than 35,000 trees. The Airport Authority of India has ambitious plans to make the southern region power-neutral by 2025. Puducherry has set a benchmark for other states and regions to use environment friendly purely clean energy.


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