GMR Hyderabad Airport (GHIAL) has saved a whopping 10 crores by employing solar power in the last year. Currently, GHIAL has a solar capacity of 10 MW.
The airport commissioned a 5 MW solar power plant in 2015 for captive consumption and upgraded it to a 10 MW capacity in 2021. The plant is spread over an area of 45 acres and consists of 30000 panels. According to the company, the 10 MW capacity helps them meet 50% of the airport’s electricity needs.
The facility uses advanced ABB central inverters and polycrystalline PV panels.
The organization has stated that with the additional capacity, the airport would be able to reduce its dependency on the Telangana State Electricity Board by 12 million units per year.
GHIAL has also said that it saves around 90 lakhs per month. (90 lakhs*12 months would amount to a yearly saving of up to 10 crores and 80 lakhs.)
“As a sustainable airport operator, we have rolled out many initiatives to actively reduce carbon emissions. As a member airport of the Airports Council International), we are aiming to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.” Says Pradeep Panicker, CEO, GHIAL.
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Resource: The New Indian Express