Hyderabad Int’l Airport Goes Solar, Saves 76,800 Litres of Water

The solar plant set up is equipped to meet the airport’s peak power demand during the daytime.

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Solar energy will decrease the air pollution as compared to  conventional forms of energy. (Photo:The News Minute)

The Hyderabad International Airport commissioned a 5 MW solar power plant for its operational needs in a bid to move towards environment-friendly sources of energy.

The solar plant, set up with an outlay of Rs 25 crore, has started generating around 25,000 units per day and is equipped to meet the airport’s peak power demand during the daytime.

The plant was set up in about four months time.

SGK Kishore, Chief Executive Officer, GHAIL

The company says this initiative will conserve natural resources and:

  • It will avoid consumption of 12 tonnes of coal and 76,800 litres of water per day when compared to thermal electricity production.
  • Is sufficient to meet the requirements of about 4,800 homes.
  • The solar power plant has over 16,000 solar panels having polycrystalline technology, each having a fixed tilt for maximum sun exposure.

This move came after Kochi Airport became the first airport in the world to be fully run on solar power last year. Even Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport floated tenders to set up a solar plant to generate 1 MW of electricity.

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