Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), the company that operates the Delhi airport, today said that it has enhanced the solar power generating capacity at the Delhi airport to 20MW by 2020.
The airport operator has expanded the current capacity of solar power generation at the IGI Airport from 2.14 MW to 7.84 MW thus making the airport largely dependent on green energy.Aligning with the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to harness solar energy to fight climate change, we aim to increase our solar power generation capacity to 20 MW by 2020,” I Prabhakara Rao, CEO, Delhi International P Limited said. The solar power project has been executed at the Airside of the IGI Airport after achieving all requisite safety clearances. The green field area of the Airside has been utilized without hindering and compromising the operations safety. The non-reflective PV solar panels are installed at the plant in a bid to reduce glare effect. DIAL has carried out computer aided solar glare analysis for 365 days with complete sun movement from sun rise to sun set to ensure that there is no impact on flight movement, the airport operator said. Solar Plant at the IGI Airport is one of the very few solar plants to harness land parcel at the airside, which is normally locked under various statutory rules and regulations, the airport operator added. In December, 2015, the CEO of DIAL had represented the International Aviation community at the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Transport event of COP 21 at Paris. The LPPA is an initiative by Secretariat of the UNFCCC that brings individual and industries collective commitments to be instrumental in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.