Delhi airport becomes India’s first to run entirely on hydro and solar energy

Indira Gandhi International (IGI) has become the country’s first airport, powered by hydro & solar power combination as of June 1, 2022. It is in line with the objective of the airport to become a Net Zero Carbon Emissions Airport by the year 2030, according to DIAL, Delhi International Airport Limited.

Since June 1, approximately 6% of the airport’s electrical demand is being met by on-site solar power plants, and 94% is provided by a hydroelectric plant, according to the statement.

A Himachal Pradesh based hydropower producing company and DIAL have a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for the provision of hydroelectricity to the airport until 2036. Apart from this, solar power plants get installed at IGI airport’s airside and cargo terminal, as per a representative of DIAL.

Solar power plants of 7.84 MWp on the airside, and recently, as part of a stakeholder engagement, a second 5.3 MWp solar plant was installed at the cargo terminal.

That Switch to renewable energy, according to the operator, enables the airport to cut its annual Carbon Emission by 2 lakh tonnes. The airport had declared its plan to become a Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport by the year 2030 last year in November.

The other green initiatives at the airport include green buildings, green transportation measures such as electric vehicles, improving operational efficiency to reduce emissions, and management of greenhouse gases (GHG) as part of the Airport Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation.

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Resource: Hindustan Times & Parag News

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