According to reports, the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar airport would soon be lit with solar energy. Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received bids for supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 100 kilowatts-peak (KWp) solar photo voltaic power plant at Indore airport. The plant, which will come up on build operate transfer (BOT) basis, is scheduled to be completed in four months.
AAI executive director (engineering) AK Mishra said that the earnest money deposit for the bid had been kept at `2 lakh. All the bids were received by July 6 and shortlisted for executing order. “Photovoltaic power stations occupy at least one hectare for each megawatt of rated output. So we require a substantial land area; which is subject to planning approval and the related time, cost and conditions. Many planning approvals will also apply conditions on the treatment of the site after the station has been decommissioned in the future,” said Indore airport director RN Shinde.
An official of Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board said that the availability, locality and capacity of the connection to the grid was a major consideration in planning a new solar park, and could be a significant contributor to its cost.