World’s first solar airport takes off in southern India

World’s first solar airport takes off in southern India

Solar provides 100 percent of electricity to airport, with excess power sold to the grid and bought back at night.

Cochin International Airport in southern India’s Kerala state may be best known as the gateway to the tourist beaches and houseboats of the region’s famous backwaters. Now it has a new claim to fame: world’s first solar airport.

Since August, the airport has used 46,000 solar panels laid across 45 acres to power all its electricity needs, and sell excess power to the government-run grid.

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