India has made history as the first country to run a 100% Solar powered-airport in the World. The Cochin International Airport (CIA, as it is fondly called) has installed 46,150 solar panels that provides 12 Mwp of electricity. The panels were placed on a 45 acre-field, close to the airport.
The installed solar panels generate between 50,000 to 60,000 units of power to serve the airport and run all its operations – while catering for its daily electricity consumption of about 48,000 unit (KWh).
According to its Managing Director, it was built to help reduce the cost of power generation, boost electricity supply and provide an environmentally-friendly alternative.
The panels are also used to provide electricity for the nearby city of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala.