India’s Cochin International Airport has announced that it’s terminals are going “energy neutral” in an effort to cut down pollution by transitioning into using solar energy.
The country as a whole is one of the leading polluters in the world, so this new decision was welcomed by government officials.
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The sustainable project takes 46,000 panels on 45 acres – about the equivalent of 25 soccer fields – to supply power to the airport.
The 12-megawatt structure costs $10 million and can make 60,000 units of electricity every day, more than enough to meet its daily requirement. The panels also will not need to be changed for 25 years.
The new solar powered station is expected to save more than 300,000 tons of carbon emissions over the next 25 years until the panels will need to be changed. This sustainable project is the equivalent of planting three million trees.
The station is set to be fully operational by May, 2016.