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Biju Patnaik airport turns to solar power for energy needs

According to reports, the Biju Patnaik airport here will generate 100 KW electricity from solar power plant to meet the daily electricity requirements.

This was an eco-friendly initiative of the airport to generate electricity.

The airport has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a Gurgaon-based private firm, Lanco, for setting up the plant. The firm will sell power to the airport.

“According to the agreement, we are setting up the solar panels at our cost. The panels have already been installed at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore. The electricity generation from the solar panels will meet the day time consumption (about 300-500 units) of the airport terminal,” said Lanco project manager Suvendu Kumar Satapathy.

About 360 solar photo voltaic (SPV) panels have been installed near the airport. Each panel will generate 300 W electricity.

“The solar power plant will supplement the power requirement of the airport, which requires 3,000 KW of electricity, to run both the new domestic and proposed international terminals,” said airport director Sharad Kumar.

At present, the airport gets 2,000 KW power from 11 KV connection from Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU). “By 11 KV connections, we are getting 2,000 KW of power, which caters to the new terminal only. Since the power requirement will increase after the old terminal gets ready for international operation, we will require an additional 1,000 KW. So, with 3,000 KW, the entire airport will get sufficient power supply,” said the director, adding that the total electricity load of the new terminal, as of now, is 1,600KW.

Towards electricity consumption, the airport pays about Rs 12 lakh to CESU. After 33KV connection, the airport will have to pay about Rs 25 lakh. Besides, the airport has kept ready diesel generator set, which can supply 750 KW power, to check interruption. This is an auto-mode synchronized set, which will supply only required amount of power.

Following modernization of the terminal, which has centralized air conditioner, 67 CCTV cameras and lighting at parking, approach road, inside passenger lounge, aero bridge and other installations, power requirement has gone up.

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