Energy Conservation and Efficiency Is the Buzzword Even at Airports

Energy Conservation and Efficiency Is the Buzzword Even at Airports

Energy Conservation was never this popular before. From households to government buildings to hospitals and public transport including the Railways, the talk is on efficiency and energy conservation.

The Aviation industry is not far behind and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has taken measures to generate solar energy for airports.

AAI has signed MoU with the state-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and completed 6.8 MWp of roof top solar projects at 16 different airports/ units across India.

AAI further awarded another 2.9 MWp solar roof top plants & 19.8 MWp solar ground mounted works at 14 airports.

Energy audit has been conducted at 42 airports in the year 2015-16 and 14 more airports are being taken up for energy audit in the year 2016-17.

As many as 15 airports were identified and taken up for replacement of conventional lights with energy efficient LED lights during the year 2015-16 and water conservation measures have been taken at 37 airports.

Solar Power Plants : Solar power plants have been installed at 15 airports and also in the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan at Safdarjung Airport.

The 16 solar projects completed have a total energy generation capacity of 6800 KWp. Further 14 solar power projects with a capacity of 22700 KWp have been taken up. The solar power project of Ranchi Airport has already been commissioned with a capacity of 250 KWp.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already initiated action for installation of Ground Mounted Solar Power Plants at available land at Kolkata (15000 KWp), Jaipur (1800 KW) and Chandigarh (3000 KWp) airports.

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GRIHA —AAI is following GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) system for sustainable and environment friendly design. All the new buildings are constructed as per the ECBC (Energy Conservation Building Code) norms and obtain 4 star GRIHA rating. New Terminal Building at Chandigarh Airport has already obtained 4 star GRIHA rating.

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