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Kempegowda International Airport to be powered by 100 % renewable energy by 2020

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The energy input of Airport is 11 MW per day which will increase up to 20 MW because of two terminals. Already some patches of airport employ renewable solar energy. KIA generates around 3.44MW from solar energy daily. As per the proposed plan, the solar capacity will be enhanced. The total solar energy input would be about 12 MW and will be added in phases. The entire 12 MW would be generated from on-site energy productions. BAIL plans to outsource another 8MW of solar energy from off-site units to meet energy requirements.

BENGALURU: A grand target has been set by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) for itself. It has aimed to run Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) completely on solar power by 2020. The power demand of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is 11 MW per day right now. Energy requirements are expected to increase after completion of the second terminal of Airport. The energy input of Airport is 11 MW per day which will increase up to 20 MW because of two terminals. Already some patches of airport employ renewable solar energy. KIA generates around 3.44MW from solar energy daily. As per the proposed plan, the solar capacity will be enhanced. The total solar energy input would be about 12 MW and will be added in phases. The entire 12 MW would be generated from on-site energy productions. BAIL plans to outsource another 8MW of solar energy from off-site units to meet energy requirements.

S Lakshminarayanan, vice president (engineering & maintenance), BIAL told TOI “Currently, solar energy is harnessed from both roof-top and ground-mounted panels. Our aim is to make the airport 100% renewable-energy powered by 2020. We also plan to increase our consumption through on-site and off-site solar power purchase agreements.”BAIL plans to install a solar power plant with a capacity of more than 10 MW at KIA. Already around 3.35 MW plant has been installed at the airport as per the proposed plan. Another 5MW plant is right now on the papers, which soon will become reality. The Cochin International Airport Limited authorities in Kerala are also following BAIL. The CIAL has set up a 12 MW solar power project within the premies of the airport to meet energy needs as per the situation to conserve and manage energy. The steps have been taken by BAIL to make sure that they are not only conserving the energy but also generating it. Explaining how conserving energy is a grey area of energy organization, S. Lakshminarayanan said: “At BIAL, energy conservation efforts have been taken up and implemented. These include installation of LED lights, use of solar power, installation, modification and adoption of energy-efficient fittings and fixtures.

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