Net metering could help grow solar power at Indian airports - report
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. Author: samarkumarsarkar.
India’s Civil Aviation Minister expects the country to have some 200 MW of solar power generation capacity at airports in five to six years, and hopes that state governments would embrace net metering to make such projects more attractive.
Local media cited minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju as saying that Airports Authority of India (AAI) airports currently have about 90 MW of clean energy capacity, as he inaugurated Tuesday a 15-MW solar farm at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kerala state. The facility has secured approval from the West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission to feed unused power to the grid and get a credit to offset consumption, which is the basic concept behind net metering.
The 15-MW solar power plant in Kerala represented an investment of some INR 900 million (USD 14m/EUR 11.8m), expected to be paid back in six years.