Airports Authority of India, NTPC sign MoU to construct airports 100% solar-powered

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has declared the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVN), a subsidiary of NTPC Ltd, for setting up solar power plants and adoption of electric vehicles at AAI airports.

The MoU will prompt the setting up of solar power plants at recognized AAI Airports using NVVN’s own resources and expertise. The AAI will buy the solar energy produced from these plants on a long-term premise at the tariff found through a competitive offering. It will give sufficient land/rooftop space to NVVN liberated from cost.

In the initial phase, NVVN will take up the projects at airports in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan. AAI Airports in Tamil Nadu have solar power plants with 3.5 MWp capacity, and 12 MW solar energy is being bought through open access for Chennai Airport. Airports in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan require a solar capacity of around 55 MW and 8 MW, respectively, to become 100% solar-powered.

The AAI and NVVN will likewise work towards supporting electric vehicle adoption by making public charging infrastructure and promoting electric vehicles at airports. A plan will be created to receive electric vehicles on the city side and airside at different airports, alongside the provision of EV charging stations.

According to the MoU, NVVN will likewise embrace some other commercially feasible energy sector activity like the acquisition of solar energy through open access on a commonly concurred premise.

AAI chairman Arvind Singh stated, “Initially, few AAI Airports will be taken up under this initiative with the target of making them 100% green. NTPC has excellent project implementation skills, and AAI is looking forward to work closely with NVVN in its journey towards exploring alternative solutions for generating green energy at AAI airports.”

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