12 major ports in India to be powered by solar

12 major ports in India to be powered by solar

Pon Radhakrishnan, India’s Ministry of Shipping has announced it is planning to install 82.64MW of utility-scale solar power plants at the country’s 12 major ports.

The financing required for the development of the plants will be arranged by the ports from their own resources, with no contribution from the government.

India’s government announced the Green Port Initiative earlier this year, which aims for ‘cleaner and greener’ airports through the use of renewables technology.

The scheme would also offset the cost of buying power from the grid and would help to meet the Renewable Energy Purchase Obligation (RPO), set up by the government which mandates a certain percentage of renewables into the total

The ports of Vizag, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and New Mangalore have already set up a capacity of 6.84MW and an additional 16MW is in the pipeline for March of next year.

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation also announced that as many as 143 airports across the country are planning to set up a combined solar power capacity of 148MW.

Singapore’s Jurong Port in collaboration with Sunseap Leasing has already set up the installation of a 9.5MW solar capacity on its warehouse rooftop, making it the largest port-based solar facility in the world.