Thursday, June 29, 2017

Airport goes green, to run on solar power by March

The entire Pune airport will run on solar power by March next year, say officials, as the facility would be able to generate 200 kilowatt (KW) of solar energy a day.
"Planning is on. By March next year, the airport will be able to generate power with the help of solar panels. A sum of Rs 1.25 crore will be spent on this project, which mainly involves setting up solar panels," Pune airport director Ajay Kumar said.
Another senior airport official said the whole facility will be lit up and operated by solar power. "The security systems --which include CCTV cameras -parking areas, floodlights, etc, will be run through it. However, regular electrical power supply will be kept as an alternative, and used in case of snags," the official told TOI.
Airport sources said they will soon identify spots in the airport for installing the solar panels. "These issues need to be finalized and a proper study will be done to identify suitable places. The panels could be set up on the roof or the AAI can designate a spot in the airport area," another airport official said.
29/06/17 Joy Sengupta/The Times of India