GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) that manages Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad, has commissioned its second 5 MW solar power plant. With this, GHIAL’s total solar power capacity has now increased to 10 MW.

Both the solar plants have advanced ABB central inverters and polycrystalline PV panels, which are far more efficient than mono-crystalline solar PV panels.

Across the country, many airports have commissioned solar power projects on their premises. Solar projects have already been installed at airports in cities including Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Chennai, Calicut, Trichy, Vijayawada, and Tirupati.

Some are already running on solar power, many others have announced tenders for the installation of solar systems.

For instance, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) recently invited bids for facility management and comprehensive operation and maintenance (O&M) of the 1.5 MW grid-connected rooftop solar project at integrated cargo complex, Chennai Airport. AAI also issued a tender for invited bids for the O&M of a 2 MW of rooftop solar project for three years at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. In November 2020, AAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) to set up solar power facilities at its airports. Following this, NVVN invited bids from consultants to assess the potential and feasibility of ground-mounted and rooftop solar at the airports under the management of the AAI.

Reference: Mercom India