Solar power plants at six airports have been delayed due to wrangling between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and power distribution companies over net metering arrangements.
Net metering enables residential and commercial customers who generate electricity from sunlight to feed whatever power they do not use into the grid and get their electricity bills adjusted accordingly.
The lack of agreement has stalled the building of solar plants at the airports in Hubli, Belgaum, Bhubaneshwar, Varanasi, Lucknow and Madurai, all run by the AAI. “We expect the differences to be resolved and the plants to start running before the end of the current financial year,“ said AK Mishra, director, engineering, AAI. The AAI, which runs 125 airports in the country, is keen on cutting its electricity bills by generating its own solar power.