Renewable energy is reaching new heights, as the Cochin International Airport in India just became the world’s first solar-powered airport. The facility has installed 46,150 solar panels on its grounds, generating between 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity for its everyday use, which means that it is now able to claim the impressive title “absolutely power neutral.” The airport has a history of leaning toward sustainability, but this is on a whole new level.
The site installed its first solar panel on the Arrival Terminal Block in 2013, putting Cochin ahead of its time in the state of Kerala. Today you can find most of its roofs covered in panels, as well as 45 acres of space on its cargo premises. The latest addition is a 12MWp solar plant, which was announced just this week and has already been making waves.
The project was installed by Emvee Photovoltaic Power Pvt. Ltd. and equipped with the SCADA system, which allows for remote monitoring of the plant. The system is not only saving energy and cost for the airport (and the planet) now, but estimates impressive figures for the future. Over the next 25 years, the airport will save the environment from 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by switching from coal to solar power. That is the equivalent of planting 3 million trees! This upgrade will hopefully be inspiring to other high energy-producing facilities, including more airports around the globe.
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