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The solar journey of Kempegowda International Airport (BIAL)

Overview
Taking a step forward as a part of PMO’s 100 GWp solar target by 2022, Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (also known as Bengaluru International Airport Ltd – BIAL) became the first airport in Karnataka to go solar. ‘Sustainable progress’ is the thought that sets the direction for the airport. As a role model for sustainable progress, the journey has been marked by measurable achievements and inspiring stories. One such story includes BIAL adopting solar power. It marked a completely new journey for BIAL as it has gone green, without any capital expenditure, while saving electricity costs at the same time.

BIAL was actively looking to partner with a solar developer to meet its objective of building a sustainable airport. Around the same time, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) empanelled CleanMax Solar, to help develop rooftop solar power plants for government installations. SECI referred CleanMax Solar for its superior quality and quick installations timelines, which laid the foundation of a bright journey. CleanMax Solar has developed the 500 kWp on-site plant at the airport, as a part of the commitment and arrangement with SECI.

Airport being a sensitive area (security-wise and constant mass movement), required very strict regulations to be followed while working. It posed challenges for CleanMax Solar Engineers in terms of limited access to buildings, the upper cap on the number of people working on site, restricted movement of material within the premises etc. CleanMax Solar overcame these challenges by highly efficient workers, who completed the construction within 2 months of signing the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Quick Facts

  • LocationBangalore, Karnataka
  • Capacity500 kWp
  • Type of systemMix of RCC and metal roofs
  • Annual generation7.5 lacs units
  • Carbon dioxide abated708 tons annually
  • Date of commissioningMarch, 2016

Challenges

  • Installing solar in a high security and sensitive area
  • Maintaining and improving aesthetics of the airport
  • Achieving significant carbon footprint reduction

Solution
Going green with immediate reduction in electricity bills
The installation happened at 6 different buildings, a combination of RCC and metal roofs. CleanMax Solar helped them convert their 6000 sq. m. idle rooftop to a money-saving piece of land by providing complete turnkey solutions. Under our BOO (Build-Own-Operate) model, BIAL saw a reduction in their electricity bills right from the day of commissioning of the solar plant. BIAL is expected to save more than Rs 20 lac rupees annually and moreover abate 708 tons of CO2 per annum as part of their green mission.

Aesthetically appealing roof with low maintenance
Bengaluru airport is known for its architectural design. The structure creates a grand, dynamic presence and solar power plants seamlessly blend in the grandeur. They add to the overall aesthetics of the airport and need very little maintenance.

Highlights

  • Karnataka’s first airport to go solar
  • Remote monitoring system for the plant
  • Energy cost reduction upto Rs 20 lacs annually

About Bengaluru Airport
Kempegowda International Airport is an international airport serving the city of Bengaluru, it is owned and operated by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), a public-private consortium. BIAL has taken various sustainability efforts to maintain long-term well-being of the community.

Disclaimer:
The document contains information based on project undertaken by Clean Max Enviro Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. While due care has been taken to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information supplied herein, Clean Max Enviro Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

The solar journey of Kempegowda International Airport (BIAL)

Overview
Taking a step forward as a part of PMO’s 100 GWp solar target by 2022, Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (also known as Bengaluru International Airport Ltd – BIAL) became the first airport in Karnataka to go solar.  ‘Sustainable progress’ is the thought that sets the direction for the airport. As a role model for sustainable progress, the journey has been marked by measurable achievements and inspiring stories. One such story includes BIAL adopting solar power. It marked a completely new journey for BIAL as it has gone green, without any capital expenditure, while saving electricity costs at the same time.

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