Mahesh Trivedi / 31 May 2015
The AAI will, besides solar panels, also put in LED lights, solar-powered street lights, and five-star rating energy appliances and conduct periodic energy audits.
Ahmedabad — Even as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has again extended the deadline for private players for submitting bids for control of Ahmedabad and three other airports, it has decided to install solar panels on the roof of both domestic and international terminals at Ahmedabad airport.
In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thrust on solar power, the AAI will, besides solar panels, also put in LED lights, solar-powered street lights, and five-star rating energy appliances and conduct periodic energy audits. “The measures will bring down operational expenses and save on power costs in a bid to save six per cent energy this year,” said a senior AAI official.
Indeed, the government-run airports operator will initiate energy-saving campaigns at a few airports in the country, including Ahmedabad, which consumes 25,500 megawatt a year, costing around Rs210 million. Lights on runway have already been replaced with LED lights for energy saving, and soon, solar panels will be installed on the top of roofs of both the terminals. The capacity of these solar panels will be of 700KW which will be used to fulfill the needs of lighting.
The AAI also runs maintenance programme to save electricity by shutting down lesser-needed air-conditioners at international terminal during the day when there is least flight movement.