45-Acre Solar Farm Powers Entire Airport
Cochin International Airport expects elimination of 300,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over next 25 years
In a move that further serves to establish solar as the rising renewable energy source, the Indian state of Kerala has set up Cochin International Airport to receive power solely from a nearby solar farm.
The farm is comprised of 46,150 panels spread over 45 acres, plus a roof-mounted installation at the airport itself. All of the panels are angled to maximize exposure to direct sunlight so as to absorb as much energy as possible. By using the farm instead of fossil-fuel-based energy, this single airport will eliminate 300,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the next 25 years. That’s the equivalent of removing 3,000 automobiles from the roads.