The rooftop solar power plant at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in kolkata, which has a total of 2 MWp capacity, is expected to reduce 2,036.90 MT of Carbon di-Oxide (CO2) emissions per year.
The project of setting up the grid connected to solar rooftop plant under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was implemented for Airport Authority of India (AAI) by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
The whole project consists of three separate installations of 180 kWp at the Operations Building, 572.2 kWp at the Cargo and APEDA building and 1,248 kWp at the domestic departure building. The project was expected to reduce approximately 2036.90 MT of CO2 emissions per year.
This is the third such rooftop installation at an international airport in the country, after the 100 kWp installation at Cochin International Airport and the recently commissioned 750 kWp solar plant at Kerala's Calicut International Airport.
"Kolkata airport is one of the first few airports in the country to get solar power. We are proud to showcase the biggest airport rooftop installation in the country. The 2 MWp grid connected rooftop solar plant is set to create a
benchmark by generating 2,800 Mwh of solar energy in its first year of operation," Airport Director, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport A K Sharma said.
"It is expected to garner monetary benefit of approximately Rs 2.15 crore per annum through net metering with CESC besides, earning carbon credit for green energy generation," Mr Sharma added.