Kolkata Airport’s Green initiative with 15 MW Solar Power Plant is all set to take off with the help of ground mounted grid connected solar plant which is ready for commissioning. Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju will inaugurate the new set-up at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata today. The 15 MW power plant will be the largest capacity AAI airports in the country. According to PTI sources, S Raheja, member (planning) – Airports Authority of India (AAI) said, “Once the solar power plant becomes operational, we will be able to cut down on carbon emission and at the same time do some cost cutting once the solar power plant becomes operational.” He added that, the solar power plant will be able to meet the power requirement of the terminal building at the NSCBI Airport here which is around 10-11 MW per day.
Atul Dixit – Airport Director of NSCBI said the solar panels have been installed across 67.5 acre land in the operational area of the airport. The plant will generate 1.35 million units per month, thereby reducing the AAI’s power bill by around 1.20 crore per month, Dixit said.
Only two other AAI airports have a ground mounted grid connected solar plant, which are Chandigarh (3 MW) and Jaipur (1.8 MW). Despite the operational hindrances and continuous rain, AAI has completed the installation work in six months. The total cost of the project is ₹90 crore. AAI has entered into a net metering arrangement with private power utility CESC (DISCOM) so that the excess power generated by could be injected into CESC’s DISCOM grid. Thus the airport can procure power from the grid when solar power is not available due to unfavourable weather conditions. AAI has obtained net metering permission from the West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission.