The United Nations Environment Programme recognized Cochin International Airport Ltd in Kerala as the world’s first fully solar energy-powered airport. CIAL is India’s first airport to be constructed in the public-private-partnership model in 1999. It is the busiest and largest airport in the state of Kerala. The airport has 15 MWp solar power plant near the cargo complex of airport comprising 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres.

The tens of thousands of panels generate on average slightly more than the roughly 48,000-50,000 kilowatts of power that the airport. The seventh busiest in India uses per day, according to Thomas. Surplus energy is fed into the wider electricity grid. The big project cost around 620 million rupees, a sum the airport expects to save in less than six years by not having to pay electricity bills anymore. It also estimates the solar plant will avoid more than 300,000 metric tons of carbon emissions from coal power over the next 25 years.

  • Cochin International Airport Ltd in Kerala as the world’s first fully solar energy-powered airport.
  • CIAL is India’s first airport to be constructed in the public-private-partnership model in 1999.
  • It is the busiest and largest airport in the state of Kerala.
  • The airport has 15 MWp solar power plant near the cargo complex of airport comprising 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres.
  • The tens of thousands of panels generate on average slightly more than the roughly 48,000-50,000 kilowatts of power
  • The big project cost around 620 million rupees, a sum the airport expects to save in less than six years by not having to pay electricity bills anymore.
  • It also estimates the solar plant will avoid more than 300,000 metric tons of carbon emissions from coal power over the next 25 years.