Friday, October 13, 2017

Solar power to boost Andhra Pradesh airports’ planning

Vijayawada: Indigo is all set to start its operations from Vijayawada to Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad from December or January with two flights each to the three destinations from Vijayawada. It will, thus, have six departures and six arrivals a day, which will be a relief for air passengers, from the IT sector.
The Vijayawada Airport will have another facility, shortly. 

The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has decided to encourage development of ‘green’ airports. In order to transform airports in Andhra Pradesh into green airports, the AAI has started the installation of 1MWp solar power plants each at Tirupati and Vijayawada Airports. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has set up solar power plants at various locations and airports. The Vijayawada Airport Authorities has identified six acres of land for these solar power plants. In fact, the AAI has completed installation of solar power plants at 29 airports and locations with a total capacity of 12.84 MWp.

Earlier, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) became the first one in the world to be powered by solar energy. This information was given by the minister of state in the ministry of civil aviation, Jayant Sinha in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, in July. The AAI officials have confirmed this, saying that they have been asked to identify land for the installation of the solar power plant. They have identified six acres of land in the airport.
13/10/17 Deccan Chronicle

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