On this occasion, Shri Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Civil Aviation, highlighted the importance of tapping the solar energy through various outlets including storage of power generated in rechargeable batteries. He also emphasized to use full potential including roof top surfaces as large areas are available at airports. He stated that utilization of stored energy in an efficient and effective manner is very important and as such AAI shall identify the outlets where the tapped energy can be channelized including other applications of renewable energy for various establishments at airports. Secretary, Civil Aviation directed that projects shall be accomplished in a time bound manner and the airport-wise specific time lines shall be worked out & followed up for effective implementation.
Setting up of Solar plants will not only achieve significant savings in power bills over a period of time but also result in relief in significant saving in carbon emissions apart from making airports self sustainable so far as energy requirement is concerned.
AAI’s plan include installations of 50 MW capacity plants (cumulative capacity in Phase I) which will be enhanced to 150 MW(cumulative) over a period of time. The plants will be installed on surplus land available with AAI and at large roof tops of AAI’s structures. In all about 30 Airports have been identified by AAI for establishment of Solar Power Plants.