Going Green

Kerala airport now runs entirely on green energy


The next time you wing into the Kochi airport in Kerala, on the southern tip of India, you will have another visual treat in addition to the majestic coconut palms, the meandering waterways and the multiple hues of lush green vegetation.

To those pretty sights have been added thousands of solar power panels spread over a 18-hectare area, combining a visual treat with the promise of clean energy. The achievement makes the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) the world’s first airport to run completely on solar energy, authorities claim.

The airport company hopes to generate 18 million units of power a year from its 12 megawatt generation facility on the airport premises. That will also cut 175,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the next 25 years, according to CIAL officials. That, they say, is the equivalent of planting three million trees or running a car for 1.2 billion kilometres without the use of fuel.

“It has been a matter of satisfaction for us to be producing our own requirement of power. I am seeing the fruits of solar energy right in front of my eyes,” V.J. Kurian, managing director of CIAL told Gulf News.

Original article by Akhel Mathew

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Kerala airport now runs entirely on green energy



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