Cochin Airport dedicates 100-kW solar plant - report
Jul 1, 2013 - Cochin International Airport (CIAL) in India's southwestern state of Kerala, celebrated the start-up of a 100-kW photovoltaic (PV) system, The New Indian Express said on Sunday.
Construction of the solar facility required a total investment of about INR 9.8 million (USD 165,000/EUR 127,000), some 30% of which were secured by India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). CIAL's share of the funding totalled INR 6.5 million.
Indian solar module maker Vikram Solar, part of Vikram Group, has designed, installed and commissioned the solar system that consists of modules with capacity of between 240 Wp and 250 Wp. The installation can generate between 450 kWh and 500 kWh of power daily, CIAL's managing director V J Kurien said, adding that the airport plans to expand the capacity of the photovoltaic (PV) system to 1 MW.
The 100-kW solar plant is expected to lower the airport's electricity bills, which total almost INR 120 million every year, Kerala's Minister for Fisheries, Ports, Airports and Excise, K Babu was cited as saying.
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