Cochin International Airport will become the first Indian airport or may be the first in the world to operate on solar power and turn itself to a “Green Airport” which will be inaugurated by the Kerala State Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on August 18, 2015.
- Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) will be commissioning its first solar power project consisting of 12 MW plant in 45 acres near the cargo complex.
- This 12MW plant has 46,000 solar panels can produce 52,000 units of power daily.
- The total cost of the project is around Rs 62 crore.
- The solar power plant has been set up by Bosch Ltd., Bangalore and completed the entire work of the installation in a short span of six months.
- A 12MW solar power project set up at the Cochin Airport will generate 18 million units of power annually.
- It is equivalent to cutting around 3 lakh metric carbon dioxide emission from coal powered power plants over the next 25 years, or planting 30 lakh trees or not driving 750 million miles.
- The government has also entrusted CIAL with the construction of 8 mini hydel projects.
Cochin International Airport:
• Cochin International Airport is an international airport situated in the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India.
• It is located at Nedumbassery, about 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Kochi, it is the busiest and largest airport in the state of Kerala.
• Cochin International Airport is the first in India developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) model.
• It is the Third busiest airport in India in terms of international passenger traffic after Delhi and Mumbai ferrying over 3,751,225 passengers and seventh busiest airport in India carrying 6,814,867 passengers.