Cochin: the first airport powered entirely by solar energy
The building that consists of 46,000 solar panels will produce between 50,000 and 60,000 units of electricity each day with a total value of 12 megawatts, along with other existing solar electricity capable of covering the entire airport, writes the online edition of the British newspaper The Independent.
The project first started in 2013 when on the roof of the Cochin International Airport terminal was installed the first solar panel. As the investment proved to be successful, the solar panel project was subsequently extended.
The authorities hope that this initiative will reduce carbon emissions by 300,000 tons over the next 25 years. According to the announcement made by the Indian government, there could be produced more than 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022. Currently, the production is of approximately 4 gigawatts. Withal, the authorities declared that they want the innovation not only to contribute to India’s needs but also to attract new investments in the area.
Cochin International Airport is an international airport situated in the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India. Located at Nedumbassery, about 30 km northeast of Kochi, it is the busiest and largest airport in the state of Kerala. For the financial year 2014-15, Cochin airport is the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international passenger traffic after Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai ferrying over 3,751,225 passengers and seventh busiest airport in India carrying 6,814,867 passengers.