India to integrate 148MW solar capacity at airports

India to integrate 148MW solar capacity at airports

India’s government has recently announced details of a long-pending programme to integrate solar energy into the country’s airports.

Ashok Gajapathi Raju, India’s Minister for Civil Aviation recently said that as many as 143 airports around the country will install a total of 148MW of solar capacity over the next few months.

According to the Airports Authority of India (AAI), solar projects of 5.4MW cumulative capacity are already operational at 16 airports, not including the 12MW at Kochi International Airport.

Delhi International Airport already has a 2.1MW operational project expected to expand by 5.7MW soon.

Last year, the Kochi International Airport installed a 12MW ground-mounted solar project and it completely runs on solar power.

The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport in Kolkata was reported to have been planning a solar project covering more than 55 acres to meet 60% of the airport’s power needs.