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India takes lead in inaugurating first ever airport to operate on solar energy

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Cochin International Airport situated in the Indian state of Kerala has been switched to solar system becoming the first one of such type in the world to operate completely on solar energy.

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Kerala’s Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has inaugurated the 12 MWp solar power plant on Tuesday.

The statement released by Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) said that the airport’s solar plant comprising 46,000 solar panels spread over 46,000 solar panels covering the area of over 45 acres near its cargo complex, has the capability of generating 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity each day.

CIAL Director Nayyar said while talking to media, that the airport requires nearly 50,000 units of electricity each day, that will now be fulfilled by solar energy.

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The company also claims that its switching on solar will make the airport ‘absolutely power neutral’.

Earlier, the airport had launched its switching to renewable energy back in March 2013, when it placed a 100 kWp solar plant on the roof top of its arrival terminal block. However, the decision to completely depend on solar power is an important move.

Meanwhile, facing serious issues concerning electricity shortage, Pakistan is also moving to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind to fulfil its energy requirements. Taking initiatives, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif this year in May inaugurated the first unit of the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, having the capability of producing 100MW of electricity.

This solar park spreading over an area of about 10,000 acres in Bahawalpur district will be generating approximately 1,000 megawatt of electricity upon its completion.

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