CIAL to commission 12MWp solar power plant at Payyannur

The 12 megawatt-peak (MWp) Payyannur plant — at Ettukudukka — is slated to be dedicated to the nation by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on March 6.

Published: 28th February 2022 02:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2022 02:29 AM   |  A+A-

Solar plant that powers the Cochin airport which is world's first airport to run completely on solar power

Solar plant that powers the Cochin airport which is the first airport in the world to run completely on solar power

By Express News Service

KOCHI:  Marking the start of another era in sustainable development, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) — which runs the world’s first fully solar-powered airport in Kochi — is set to commission its new solar power plant at Payyannur. With this, CIAL progresses from a power neutral airport to a power positive airport. 

The 12 megawatt-peak (MWp) Payyannur plant — at Ettukudukka — is slated to be dedicated to the nation by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on March 6. With the commissioning of the new plant, CIAL’s cumulative installed solar plant capacity will be scaled up to 50MWp. That includes seven plants functioning on the Kochi airport premises, and a solar carport. CIAL’s solar power plants will together generate 2 lakh units of power a day, whereas the airport’s daily power consumption stands at 1.6 lakh units.  

“CIAL is known for its adherence to the idea of sustainable development, which prompted the effective utilisation of green energy for all its power requirements. This vision of embracing energy efficiency instigated the construction of eight power plants and a small hydro-electrical project at Arippara, Kozhikode. The latest in the series is the new solar power plant at Ettukudukka,” said CIAL Managing Director S Suhas.

The power plant is spread across 35 acres where CIAL has introduced a concept of terrain-based installation, under which the geographical characteris. Terrain-based installation increases land utilisation, compared to flat land, by reducing the space between the solar module arrays. The area required for solar PV installation is reduced to approximately 2.75 acres/MW in comparison to 3.75 acres/MW on flat land. This could accommodate 35% additional anels. 

Decisive step in reducing carbon footprint

A cumulative installed capacity of 50MWp of green energy contributes fairly to the cause of championing sustainable development. A comparison:

It reduces the carbon footprint by 2,800 metric tonnes per year

This is on par with the fresh air received from planting 46 lakh tree saplings for 10 years

The reduction is also equivalent to not burning 11.9 million litres of fossil fuels

It is roughly the same amount of fuel used by over 7,000 cars every year



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp