Thursday, 29 June 2017

Pune Airport to run on solar power by March

29/06/2017

PUNE: The entire Pune Airport will run on solar power by March next year, say officials, as the facility would be able to generate 200 kilowatt (KW) of solar energy a day.

"Planning is on. By March next year, the airport will be able to generate power with the help of solar panels. A sum of Rs 1.25 crore will be spent on this project, which mainly involves setting up solar panels," Pune airport director Ajay Kumar said.

Another senior airport official said the whole facility will be lit up and operated by solar power. "The security systems - which include CCTV cameras -parking areas, floodlights, etc, will be run through it. However, regular electrical power supply will be kept as an alternative, and used in case of snags," the official told pune-news.com.

Airport sources said they will soon identify spots in the airport for installing the solar panels. "These issues need to be finalized and a proper study will be done to identify suitable places. The panels could be set up on the roof or the AAI can designate a spot in the airport area," another airport official said.

Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha, during his visit to Pune earlier in June, had said the ministry plans to run all airports in the country with the help of solar power, like the Kochi airport, which is said to be the world's first airport to switch to solar power.

Two solar power projects have recently been commissioned for the Bengaluru international airport and the Chennai airport is set to become 90% solar dependent by next year.

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