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Delhi airport tops 7.8 MW of installed PV, aims at 20 MW by 2020

Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL) said Tuesday it has successfully increased the installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to 7.84 MW and that it now plans to reach 20 MW by 2020.

The project required a total investment of INR 470 million (USD 7.1m/EUR 6.2m). The system will yield some INR 120 million in annual savings for the airport, the annual electricity bills of which currently amount to INR 2.3 billion.

The first 2.14-MW solar farm at the site was commissioned in 2014. Thanks to its move towards solar power, Indira Gandhi is the first airport in the world to be registered under the Clean Development Mechanism of UNFCCC, according to the press release.

The non-reflective solar PV panels with reduced glare effect were installed at the greenfield area of IGIA’s airside. This puts the airport, operated by GMR Group, among the few ones worldwide to generate solar power at a location so close to actual flight movement, DIAL explained.

The solar array is expected to be able to generate enough electricity to meet a substantial part of that needed for all airport operations. Apart from solar, the extensive sustainability strategy of the Delhi Airport includes other efficiency measures and green infrastructure such as LEED-NC Gold Certification, as well as water- and waste-management initiatives, DIAL CEO, I Prabhakara Rao, noted.

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