Kolkata airport has started using solar energy for its day-to-day operations as its ground mounted 15 megawatt solar power plant has become functional. The solar power plant was inaugurated by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju where he assured that the present solar capacity of 90 MW at various airports of the Airport Authority of India will be ramped up to about 200 MW in the next one and a half years.
“The installed capacity of solar (plants) at airports of Airport Authority of India would presently be at 90 megawatt. If the states agree to provide net metering, it is not difficult to get 200-250 mw in the one and a half years’ time,” he said.
The Government of India is pushing for clean energy projects at the various airports.
The new plant was developed at 67.5 acre of land within six plots, each generating a capacity of 2.5 MW, at a total cost of Rs 90 crore.