India Becomes First Country to Power Airport Completely by Sun

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In an effort to embrace renewable energy sources, the Cochin International Airport in the city of Kochi, India recently announced that it is operating completely off of a 12-megawatt solar system. 

The airport is India's fourth-largest and only one to be "absolutely energy neutral," according to The Economic Times. But the Indian government is urging other airports throughout the country to follow Cochin International Airport's lead and help the country decrease its carbon footprint.

With more than 46,000 panels installed on a 50-acre site, the airport's solar system can generate up to 60,000 units of electricity daily, according to the the Huffington Post.

The project, which was constructed by Bosch Ltd., started in March 2013 when the airport tested a small solar plant on the arrival terminal's rooftop, according to The Economic Times. Now in a 5-year partnership, the project took nearly six months to build.

But India isn't stopping there, the country has plans to decrease its pollution by increasing the percent of energy coming from renewable sources and doing so by encouraging developers with new incentives to help them move toward sustainable energy.

Will India be able to reach its goal of 15 percent of the country's energy from renewables by 2022?

 


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  • I expect India will meet its RE goals faster than the USA will. We are still struggling with politicians who are in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry that sees RE & EE as the enemy to their profits. Efforts are underway here to roll back all the gains citizens made towards RE & EE, like netmetering and renewable portfolio standards. There is much bitching about Obama’s recent turn towards solving the problem of climate change, but the truth is he has done too little too late, and it will likely all be rolled back by the next administration, unless by some miracle we can get Sanders into the office.
  • Wonderful ☆♡☆

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