Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport is proving itself to be a game-changer by installing a rooftop solar plant that can generate 3.35 MW of power and 47 lakh solar units of electricity annually. By Gayatri Moodliar
Installed by Sunshot, the plant is expected to cut down carbon dioxide emissions by about 3,800 tonnes, and has been installed across eight rooftops within the Kempegowda International Airport’s premises.
If you’re thinking about the glare that could be caused, thereby hindering aircraft operations, a press release has clarified that the ‘contemporary design’ of the plant will prevent any sort of visibility intrusion. Lakshminarayan S, vice-president, Engineering & Maintenance of Bangalore International Airport Limited, said, “The airport is well on course towards achieving its goal of becoming 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2020. These solar projects will help BIAL reduce its carbon footprint and achieve energy neutrality.”
Kempegowda International Airport has a lot planned for the upcoming years to ensure sustainability, placing water management as another one of its key focus areas.
Let’s hope more airports take a cue and do their bit to clean up their footprints.