Three years ago, they started putting solar panels, 1st on the roof of the arrivals terminal, then on as well as all around an aircraft hangar. The good results of those preliminary efforts guided to a much bigger project.
Last year, the airport hired the German firm Bosch to develop a vast 45-acre solar plant on empty land close to the international cargo terminal. The plant got online in August, making Cochin the world’s very first fully solar-powered airport.
The countless amounts of panels produce on typical somewhat more than the roughly 48,000-50,000 kilowatts of electricity that the airport — the seventh most busy in India — utilizes per day, in accordance to Thomas. Excess energy is given into the wider electricity grid.
During a period when solar power has turn into much cheaper in India, Cochin’s effort has attracted national and international attention.