The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has floated a tender for comprehensive operation and maintenance (O&M) for a period of three years of a 2 MW of rooftop solar project set up at the NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata. The bid submission deadline is May 15, 2021.
In November 2019, the AAI issued a tender for the procurement of solar power by Amritsar Airport through open access. In October 2019, the AAI issued three tenders for the procurement of a total of 3.7 MW of solar power through open access for the airports at Raipur, Coimbatore, and Aurangabad. The capacities tendered were 1.5 MW for Raipur Airport, 1 MW for Coimbatore Airport, and 1.2 MW for Aurangabad Airport. In September 2019, the AAI issued a tender for 100 kW of grid-connected rooftop solar project to be installed under capital expenditure model at Pune airport’s terminal building.
Airports have a significant potential for solar power generation given the availability of large, flat and shadow-free areas such as rooftops of terminals, hangars, car parks and land around runways. The solar power generated on airport premises can help meet the growing power requirements of terminals. This will reduce the electricity bills of airports, especially through net metering. Moreover, the increase in air-conditioning load coincides with the peak generation during summer months, compensating for the surge in power demand. With solar power, airports can reduce their carbon footprint and contribute towards the achievement of the country’s clean energy targets. A short gestation period, limited infrastructure requirement and a payback period of only four to five years are some of the other factors that make a strong case for solar power generation at airports.