Pune: Turning towards renewable energy to conserve conventional energy, the Pune airport has implemented a 300 KW solar power project, which will give a boost to the energy requirement of the increasingly busy airport, which serves both domestic and international air traffic.
In March this year, 2,600 Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lights were installed at the airport, which resulted in decreasing the load from 192KW to 80KW.
Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) Regional Executive Director Keshav Sharma inaugurated the solar plant on the hanger building, which is the first kind of its kind in India. The 931 panel, which is the anti-reflecting special type of panel, is running with six inverters.
“The panel is saving huge energy of the airport. The cost of the project was Rs 1.28 crore. We are moving ahead with green energy,” said Ajay Kumar, Director, Pune airport.
According to the official, the panel was set up early in May and was on trial basis for one month. The panel generated 40,500 units in the month of May and the airport saved around Rs 4.5 lakh electricity in May. The officials are expecting that the cost of the panel will be recovered in next 30 months.
Around 2,600 LEDs were installed at the airport in March, leading to reduced electricity consumption. The plan is to light up the entire facility with solar power. However, the conventional power supply will be kept as an alternative and will be used in cases of snags.
Earlier, MP and Pune Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Anil Shirole had said that the airport authorities were trying to tap solar energy following a detailed discussion with the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha. During his visit to Pune in June last year, Sinha had held discussions with the airport authorities on the use of solar power. He had then said the aim was to ensure that all airports in the country, including Pune, would run on solar power on the lines of the facility in Kochi.