Cochin’s Solar Power is on the rise as state international airport, Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is accelerating its solar generation capacity further this year from 22 MW to 30 MW. Furthermore, all their solar and hydro energy projects Cial plans to generate a total of 100MW by 2020 from.
Earlier this year, when the latest international terminal was inaugurated by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the expansion of Cial’s solar project from 15.5MW to 22MW had also commissioned been commissioned by him .
To meet the increased energy requirement of the international airport the expansion was undertaken. The airport authorities to do so at three locations added solar panels –the hangar premises which will generate 3MW , the southern side of the airport to produce 2MW and 1 MW from the solar carport.
By three months, there has been a delay in the solar project at Chengalthodu by local unions who alleged that the flow of water will be affected thereby decreasing the availability of water for farmers in the area because of the set up of panels above the canal. Along the 18km stretch of the canal passing through Cial property the solar project has been planned upon. At the canal, Solar panels will be placed and this year the project is set to be operational. The panels will contribute 4.5MW of power to the airport’s solar project.
Cial officials have suggested that by setting up solar panels at more unused spaces on their property they plan to continue expanding their solar power generation capacity at the airport facility.
Furthermore, by the end of 2020, the Cial plans on generating another 62MW from its hydroelectric projects.
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Cochin International Airport
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