Kolkata Airport Goes Green With 15-MW Solar Power Plant
The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA) in Kolkata is all set to start using clean and green energy for its day-to-day operations, as its ground-mounted grid-connected solar plant is ready for commissioning.
The 15-MW plant, capacity wise the largest among all the Airports Authority of India (AAI) airports across the country, is slated to be inaugurated by Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju on December 5.
"Once the solar power plant becomes operational, we will be able to cut down on carbon emission and at the same time do some cost cutting once the solar power plant becomes operational," S Raheja, member (planning), AAI, said. The solar power plant would be able to meet the power requirement of the terminal building at the airport which was around 10-11 MW per day, Raheja said.
NSCBI Airport Director Atul Dixit said the solar panels had been installed across 67.5 acre land in the operational area of the airport. The plant would generate 1.35 million units per month, and that would reduce the AAI's power bill by around Rs 1.20 crore per month, Dixit said.
Only two other AAI airports have the ground-mounted grid-connected solar plant. These include Chandigarh (3 MW) and Jaipur (1.8 MW).
The AAI completed the installation work in six months in spite of operational hindrances and continuous rain, and the total cost of the project was Rs 90 crore, he said.
The AAI has entered into an agreement with private power utility CESC (DISCOM) so that the excess power generated by it can be injected into CESC's DISCOM grid, and the airport can get power from the grid when solar power is not available.
With inputs from Housing News