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Aviation Minister asks Indian airports to install solar energy units

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Indian Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has reportedly requested the country’s airports install solar power plants, with an aim to generate one lakh MW of solar power.

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Cochin International Airport in Kochi, India, has already deployed solar energy units providing 12MW.

The minister also stated that a 5MW solar power plant has been installed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, reported Express News Service.

Raju was cited by The Press Trust of India as saying that the ministry has granted Rs0.2m as a subsidy for installing solar power plants.

“Cochin International Airport in Kochi, India, has already deployed solar energy units providing 12MW.”

The ministry also plans to install plants at Sri Varahalakshmi Nrusimha Swami temple at Simhachalam, and the MVGR Engineering College at Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh.

The Bobbili, Vizianagaram and Rajam municipalities also intend to deploy solar power plants to reduce power costs.

Last week, the Government of India approved the construction of 14 Greenfield airports in the country.

PTI

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