Bengaluru airport, BIAL, Kempagowda International Airport, Karnataka, Rooftop Solar power plant
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Bengaluru’s  Kempegowda International Airport, on Wednesday morning, inaugurated its rooftop solar power project.

Installed across 8 rooftops, the solar plant has been speculated to generate roughly 47 lakh units of clean electricity per year. The plants fixed over the rooftops of Menzies Bobba, Air India SATS, Coolport and several BIAL office buildings will generate 3.4MW of power for the airport.
 
An estimated amount of 3800 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions is also expected to be reduced annually under the new project.

In a statement released by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), it said, “The solar project was commissioned across two phases. During the first phase in 2017, 503 KW of rooftop solar, 2.5 MW of ground-mounted solar and 425 KW of car parking solar power installations were undertaken. During the second phase, in addition to the 3.35 MW installation by Sunshot, BIAL purchased 20 MUs of solar power through open access from Bosch plant of capacity 14.4 MW solar power plant commissioned at Belagavi. In addition, BIAL has also purchased 20 MUs of solar power through open access from Cleanmax. BIAL has adopted a holistic approach and sustainability principles to ensure the integrity of economic viability, operational excellence, conservation of natural resources and social sustainability.”
 

Speaking to media during the inaugural function, Lakshminarayanan S, vice president (engineering and maintenance), BIAL said, “As a role model for sustainable progress, the airport is moving towards achieving its goal of becoming 100% powered by renewable energy by 2020. The airport’s consumption from solar power stands at 50 million units through on-site and off-site solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) to meet 67% of its annual energy requirements.” 

BIAL focuses on five key areas of sustainability under its various schemes. The initiatives include; water management to achieve water positivity, energy management to achieve energy neutral and carbon neutrality through use of renewable, green and clean energy, environmental management to protect the environment and reduce carbon footprint, waste management to achieve increased recyclables, energy recovery and achieve zero landfills and ecological management to maintain a perfect balance between the imperatives of business and the environment. 

The airport administrators are hopeful and confident that they will be able to achieve the first four milestones by 2020 and the last one by 2021.

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