AAI Green Initiatives: Airports in India Getting Upgraded With Solar Power Plants

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has taken initiatives for working towards Carbon neutrality and achieving net zero carbon emission at airports in the country. Airports Authority of India is on its path to upgrading all its Airports with Solar Power Plants.

Highlights

  • As of July 2022, 58 airports across the country are using green energy.
  • Government is making all efforts to promote the use of green energy at airports.
  • Airport operators are advised to work towards carbon neutrality & net zero emission.

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AAI Green Initiatives: Airports in India getting Upgraded with Solar Power Plants

A few months back, in our routine self-awareness activity, we gained a lot of insights when we explored sustainable energy sources in different countries, their climate and other challenges. Although it has nothing to do with aviation, the current story of AAI Green Initiatives is related to green and clean energy sources. Thanks to its Geography and Climate, India has that advantage in generating and utilising Solar Power.

We are already aware of how Aviation Industry across the globe is trying to make Air Travel sustainable by deploying various measures, offering Green Fares, formulating new frameworks and investing in clean alternatives. It won't be an accomplishment when Airlines alone take the initiative, as the ground connecting points - Airports - are also a part of the eco-system. Hence, the AAI's Green Initiatives.

Accreditation Program of Airports Council International:

At this juncture, it is also worth knowing that Airports across the globe continuously look for the usage of renewable/green energy. As per the Accreditation program of the Airports Council International (ACI), various International Airports have achieved Carbon Neutrality by using a series of measures, which also include the use of green/renewable energy.

AAI's Green Initiatives:

Now that the context is set, let's delve into the story. Airports Authority of India is on its path to upgrading all its Airports with Solar Power Plants. With this, AAI is promoting the Clean India, Green India campaign by increasing the use of renewable energy at its various Airports across the country. While AAI's measures have ensured various airports are equipped with clean energy sources, work is in progress at some airports.

Measures Taken by the Airport Operators in India:

For encouraging green energy at the airports, the airport operators including the Airports Authority of India (AAI), have installed solar power plants under net metering / captive mode at various locations/Airports for the generation and self-consumption of green and renewable energy.

In addition, few airports are procuring green energy through open access. Further, airport operators with scheduled operations are advised to map the carbon emissions at their respective airports. MoCA has advised all the operational airports with scheduled operations and developers of the upcoming Greenfield Airports to work towards achieving Carbon Neutrality & Net Zero, which inter-alia includes use of green energy.

100% Green Airports:

As of July 2022, Delhi, Mumbai and Cochin airports' share of green energy in total energy consumption is 100%. Cochin Airport is the first green airport in the world, fully powered by solar energy.

Few Recent Progress Updates as shared by AAI:

Agartala Airport: The airport is equipped with a rooftop solar power plant of 0.25 MW capacity and is generating clean energy for the airport. The airport will soon be equipped with another 2MW solar plant that will cater to all energy requirements.

Vadodara Airport: The airport is recently equipped with a ground-mounted solar power plant with a cumulative capacity of 675 kWp. The power plant is currently catering to around 30% of the total load of the airport.

Silchar Airport: The Airport is equipped with a 100kWp rooftop solar power plant, divided into a 67 kWp plant installed at AAI's residential complex & a 33 kWp plant installed at the Substation.

Prayagraj Airport: The Airport is equipped with a solar power plant of 50kWp, helping the airport in energy conservation. The plant was commissioned in August 2019 and is currently catering to 8% of the total energy load of the airport.

Airports using Green Energy in India:

As of July 2022, 58 airports in India are using green energy. The list of the airports is as below:

S No. State/UT Name of the Airport
1 Andaman & Nicobar Islands (UT) Portblair
2
Andhra Pradesh
Rajahmundry
3 Vijayawada
4 Tirupati
5
Assam
Dibrugarh
6 Jorhat
7 Silchar
8 Guwahati
9
Bihar
Gaya
10 Patna
11 Chhattisgarh Raipur
12 Chandigarh (UT) Chandigarh
13
Delhi (UT)
Safdarjung
14 IGI Airport
15
Gujarat
Rajkot
16 Vadodara
17 Bhuj
18 Ahmedabad
19
Jharkhand
Deoghar
20 Ranchi
21 Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
22 Karnataka KIA Bengaluru
23
Kerala
Calicut
24 Cochin
25 Kannur
26 Thiruvananthapuram
27 Ladakh (UT) Leh
28
Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal
29 Indore
30
Maharashtra
Gondia
31 Juhu
32 Aurangabad
33 Nagpur
34 Pune
35 CSMI Airport Mumbai
36 Shirdi
37 Nashik (Ozar)
38 Manipur Imphal
39
Odisha
Jharsuguda
40 Bhubaneswar
41 Puducherry (UT) Puducherry
42 Punjab Amritsar
43
Rajasthan
Kishangargh
44 Jaisalmer
45 Jodhpur
46 Jaipur
47
Tamil Nadu
Madurai
48 Chennai
49 Tiruchirapalli (Trichy)
50
Telangana
RGI Airport Hyderabad
51 Hyderabad (Begumpet)
52 Tripura Agartala
53
Uttar Pradesh
Allahabad (Prayagraj)
54 Kanpur
55 Lucknow
56 Varanasi
57
West Bengal
Bagdogra
58 Kolkata

While 'Green Energy' is just one aspect of the story of sustainable efforts at the Airports, we will look into other measures (such as GRIHA Rating) in the coming days.

If you are a nature lover like us and a frequent flyer, reading this story must have given you that much needed fresh breather this morning! Keep reading aviationscoop as we cover more such initiatives and measures from the Aviation Industry.

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