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Puducherry airport is AAI's first 'absolute power neutral' airport! Details inside.

By Priti Kumari

NEW DELHI: Puducherry airport embellished with the crown of being Airport Authority of India's (AAI) first 100% solar-powered (airport out of 137) with a cost of Rs 2.8 crore of 500KWp (kilowatts peak) ground-mounted solar power plant, making the airport 'absolutely power neutral'.A couple of months back of this, Madhya Pradesh's Rewa Ultra Solar Power Project inaugurated by PM Modi. V Vaithilingam, a Lok Sabha member consecrated the UT's airport with Rajya Sabha member N Gokulakrishnan and Vijay Upadhyay, the director of Puducherry airport.

It is quite splendid that with vigour the airport will be capable of preserving Rs 10 lakh per month and will also mitigate the carbon emission footprint by 6,570 metric tonnes, which will be analogous to planting 32,850 trees. With this, the Puducherry airport's annual electrical energy consumption of 0.72 million units will surely be met. It will generate an average of 2,000units of energy per day, due to the inception of 1,540 highly efficient polycrystalline solar PV panels.

Stepping towards its goal of transforming southern region airports into a 'power neutral region' by 2025, AAI has proposed doubling the total installed capacity of the solar power plants in the southern region to 10.5MWp from 5.526MWp in this financial year. The AAI had also pledged to install its maiden 750 KWp solar power plant at Kerala's Kozhikode Calicut International Airport (CCJ), in 2016. The ongoing AAI's project will proliferate the southern region's power consumption to 30% from 10% (8.03 million units in the last fiscal). Akin to China, who pledges to be carbon neutral by 2060, hoping, India will soon take a colossal step to mitigate carbon emission footprints.

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