The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on 4th July inaugurated one-megawatt power solar plant at Tirupati international airport. The power plant was installed by fourth partner energy.
The club of solar-powered airports in South India, which so far had Bengaluru, Cochin, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Chennai, Trichy, Calicut, and Vijayawada, now has the renowned temple town of Tirupati as a member.
“Our aim is to ensure that Tirupati, along with all the airports across south India, operate completely on solar power within three years. We will also be commissioning 8 MW of installations at Hubli and Kadapa airports shortly.”S Sreekumar, Regional Executive Director at the AAI informed.
“The Tirupati airport solar installation was quite challenging, as part of the site is parallel to the runway. For this, we had to obtain special construction permits and incorporate design changes to eliminate the ‘glare effect’.”Vivek Subramanian, co-founder, and CEO at Fourth Partner said.
AAI has also provisioned for expansion of the airport, aiming to soon make it operational round the clock. Excess power generated at Tirupati airport will then be routed back to the national grid via net metering, in line with Andhra Pradesh’s renewable energy policy.
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