Indian minister urges all airports to go solar - report
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India's civil aviation minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, has called for all airports in the country to deploy photovoltaic (PV) systems to meet their electricity demand, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Raju pointed at two domestic airports, namely Delhi and Cochin, as good examples for a 100% solar power commitment. The minister advised all other peers to follow in their footsteps towards sourcing their entire power from PV installations in their vicinity.
The Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) in the state of Kerala was the first facility of the kind to be fully powered by solar energy in India. It operates a 12-MWp PV park since mid-August 2015.
Last month, the Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL) also announced that it had successfully increased the installed PV capacity at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to 7.84 MW and that it planned to reach 20 MW by 2020. The first 2.14-MW solar farm at the site was commissioned in 2014.