Bengaluru airport in big solar push

In a further clean-tech push, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport said that almost 70% of its power consumption comes from solar. The airport, one of the busiest in the country, gets around 50 million units, or 67% of its energy requirement, from solar power. “In 2018, we installed 3.35 MW solar plant and purchased 20 million units of solar power from Bosch Energy and Building Solutions,”said Lakshminarayanan S, Vice-President, Engineering & Maintenance, Bangalore International Airport (BIAL). BIAL has done this through an opex (operational expenditure) approach.

It selected Sunshot, a startup specialising in rooftop solar and which had worked Mumbai International Airport, for the Kempegowda project. “The power plant has been installed over multiple roofs including of the Engineering and Maintenance building and the Air India SATS building,” said Rahul Dasari, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Sunshot. The start-up completed the installation in four months and will also maintain the rooftop panels, which can last 25 years. The solar panels come with sensors that give real time information on their condition. The 3.35 MW rooftop solar power plant will generate around 46 lakh units of clean electricity every year and lead to a car-bon

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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