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Mumbai International airport to get 100 GW of solar power by 2022

July 2016
Mumbai International airport, has successfully commissioned an additional solar power of 410 kWp in sync with the Government of India’s ambitious target of having 100 GW of solar power generation capacity by 2022. The solar panels, spread across five different locations at the T2 and cargo terminals, have been strategically positioned on the roof tops of the building for optimum utilisation of space at the airport. This airport is one of the city’s most significant infrastructure projects coming up in the city. On this, Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) spokesperson, said, “We are an environment conscious organisation. Our state-of-the-art infrastructure mirrors our efforts towards achieving and promoting sustainability. At MIAL, safeguarding the environment remains our prime focus in all our endeavors.”

Phase-wise generation

Till now, CSIA has been generating 650 kWp of solar power. Through additional solar installations, the capacity will increase by 410 kWp, taking the total output up to 1,060 kWp. The next phase of the solar project will include plant installations of 1,700 kWp. The capacity is anticipated to further enhance to 6,400 kWp by 2017. With over 40 million travellers using the airport annually, the city airport handles the highest number of passengers per acre in comparison to other airports in the country.

Progressive initiatives

  • More than 300 light bulbs have been replaced with 45W LED bulbs resulting in lowered perimeter lighting energy consumption by 40 per cent.

  • The terminal at MIAL has been designed to maximise the use of natural light, wherein the central lobbies are provided with open glass heat reflector ceilings and walls to utilise maximum sunlight while inhibiting maximum heat.

  • CSIA has also installed Sun pipe lighting in many office areas where the roof is open to sky. The Airport’s apron is the first-of-its-kind in Asia to be completely lit with the LED high mast lighting.

GVK-MIAL is a Public-Private Partnership JV between a GVK-led consortium and the airports. This initiative, aims to make CSIA one of the world’s best airports, which consistently delights customers besides being the pride of Mumbai. The new integrated Terminal 2 at CSIA enhances the airport’s capacity to service 40 million passengers and 1 million tonne of cargo annually.

Legacy of T2
Terminal 2 (T2) resonates the cultural richness and legacy of India through a seamless amalgamation of architecture, design and Jaya He -the largest public-space programme for art that spans the terminal. It also represents the new, contemporary and modern India through its enabling business ecosystem as well as efficient functioning made possible by state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technological systems adopted. ‘Jaya He’, India’s largest art programme for public display at T2, which has nearly 7,000 exclusively sourced exquisite ethnographic objects is conceived as two distinct sections – ‘Layered Narratives’ at the arrivals corridor that explores aspects of Mumbai’s changing landscapes and ‘Thresholds of India’, a scenography wall spanning a total of 3.3 km leading to the different boarding lounges captures the expanse and beauty of Indian art.