The Government of India is on track with its ambitious programme of having 200 MW solar power capacity at its airports in the coming years, as reported. Media reports further indicate that the solar power capacity of 200 MW is planned for airports across the country. This project will take the tally of the total solar power capacity installed at government-owned airports to 90 MW. While the capacity of the privately-operated airports is at 45 MW, with the total tally to 135 MW, 200 MW is well in sight.
The Kochi airport, for instance, currently operates a 15.5 MW solar power and plans to increase its capacity in a phased manner to 24.2 MW, including a 2.7 MW solar-powered carport. The Kolkata airport project works on the same principle as the one at the Kochi airport, which is the first airport to run only on solar power. Any excess power generated from the solar project will be fed into the grid for additional revenue.
Also, the Ministry of Shipping has announced Green Port Initiative, under which, renewable energy projects of 91.5 MW of solar and 45 MW of wind energy capacity has been identified at its seaports. Reports also suggest that the Ministry of Shipping has announced that a feasibility study for a 200 MW solar-wind hybrid park has been undertaken at the port of Kandla in Gujarat.