First fully solar powered airport is still flying high

Three months into its life cycle and Cochin International Airport is proving a sunny solar success

Back in 2013, an airport in the southern Indian state of Kerala installed a small energy plant with 400 panels as part of a pilot scheme to clean up its energy use. Two years later the program proved so successful the Cochin airport installed a staggering 46,000 panels, and after three months of full reliance on solar power the green-powered site is going from strength to strength.

Located in the southern Indian state Kerala, Cochin International Airport originally installed 400 panels as part of a clean energy pilot initiative. Two years on and the scheme proved so successful, a staggering 40,000 panels were built and the site is now fully powered by solar energy. The 12 megawatt solar plant provides a huge amount of energy and could power around 10,000 homes off the back of all those panels.

Taking around six months to construct, the oceans of green energy wasn't particularly cheap either (costs are estimated at £6.28 billion), but the airport already has high hopes for the future - including a brand new expansion. CIA is planning a new international wing, but considering the airport is already using every drop of power from its ocean of solar panels, it's going to need to add plenty more to support an even bigger site. The scheme has proved so successful other airports across India and Liberia have expressed an interest in following a similar setup.

Via: BBC

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