Kolkata Airport turns Greener with 2 MW Solar Plant
The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport became the first airport in the country to get a 2 MW rooftop solar power plant. Apart from earning carbon credit for the airport, it would translate into a monetary benefit worth Rs 2.15 crore per year. Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the project was implemented for the Airport Authority of India (AAI) by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India. Encouraged by the results of this maiden effort, the AAI is adding 15 MW through ground solar plants, which would accrue benefits worth Rs 40 crore. The airport currently spends Rs 18 crore to meet electricity expenses a year. Commissioned by Vikram Solar, a city-based leading solar energy solutions provider, the 2 MW power plant costs AAI Rs 12 crore, which includes annual maintenance for two years. This power plant was commissioned in 15 days at the old airport building.