Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested that the Cochin International Airport-model “solarisation” be adopted in stadiums across India, citing the importance of achieving power neutrality. During his stopover at the Kochi airport on Saturday, the Prime Minister hailed Cochin International Airport for its success in becoming the world’s first airport fully powered by solar energy.
During a discussion with Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) Managing Director V.J. Kurian, the Prime Minister endorsed CIAL’s effort to deploy green energy for operating the airport, which won them the United Nations’ Champions of the Earth Award in 2018.
“CIAL model of solarisation should be an inspiring model for all other high energy consumers. We have to decipher the possibilities of laying solar panels in possible locations,” the Prime Minister was cited as saying and suggesting that the roof of the galleries of stadiums be used for solar power generation.
“Achieving power neutrality for big energy consumers is important for our country,” he added. He also instructed CIAL to use its expertise for the massive deployment of solar energy in tune with the International Solar Alliance (ISA), an organisation of 78 countries formed by the Prime Minister’s initiative.
As part of ISA’s project, envoys of 40 countries had visited CIAL’s solar power plants during last month. CIAL at present is one of the largest green energy producers in the country with a total installed capacity of 40 MWp.
The airport on an average receives 1.62 lakhs units of power a day whereas the daily consumption stands around 1.52 lakhs units.