Cochin International Airport Goes 100 Percent Solar
Adding a massive feather to its renewable energy cap, India now lays claim to the world’s first fully solar-powered airport. Located in the coastal city of Kochi in the southwestern state of Kerala, the newly inaugurated solar plant brings India one significant step closer to securing its position as a frontrunner in the global solar race.
The 12 MW solar plant occupies 45 acres of land near the airport’s cargo complex and is comprised of some 46,000 PV panels. It is expected to generate 48,000 kWh of electricity per day. When combined with an already existing solar array installed at Cochin International in 2013, total daily electricity output will be roughly 52,000 kWh – enough to exceed the airport’s electricity needs and making it “absolutely power neutral.”Cochin International Airport consumes approximately 48,000 kWh per day.
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