Article from Bangalore Mirror
The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB), will soon go solar as a part of its sustainability drive by reduction of electricity consumption.
The tender for the solar setup has been floated by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL). Initially, only 40 per cent of the airport will be solar-powered, but soon this will expand to the entire airport.
The KIA intends to procure 12 MW annually via open access, and the rest by setting up solar power plants on build, own, operate and transfer basis, for at least 20 years, according to the tender that the authorities put up on their website. The first phase of the solar power plant will be completed in March 2016. The Cochin International Airport was the world’s first solar-run airport.
A BIAL spokesperson said, “We envisage KIAB as a role model for sustainable progress. The airport has ambitious plans as far as sustainability is concerned. We would like a tangible outcome not just for the airport, but for the city and the region it serves.”
In 2014, the airport had introduced Green Map, an industry best practice that aims to create greater awareness about the various green initiatives being focused on at the KIAB. BIAL embarked on adopting renewable energy for airport operations in early 2015 as a part of its green strategy.
The BIAL spokesperson, added, “Every year, the BIAL sets aside a budget to maintain its initiatives and adopt industry best practices on various green initiatives for the airport like rainwater-harvesting projects, water conservation projects, energy conservation projects, solid waste management projects, renewable energy projects, green belt development and housekeeping.”