Among the three airports in Ghana that want to deploy solar power, Kotoka International Airport, managed by Ghana Airports Company Limited, will install 6 MW PV capacity with the help of Cochin airport, the world's first solar airport in India, where solar on airports is increasingly popular. (Pictured is the solar system at the Delhi airport; photo credit: Delhi International Airport)
- India's Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has signed a MoU to help three airports in Ghana go solar
- The three airports to go solar in Ghana are Kotoka International Airport, Kumasi International Airport and Navrongo domestic airport
- CIAL plans to add non-aeronautical revenue with such consultancy services
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The world’s first fully solar powered airport in Cochin, India has become a role model for others to follow. Using its experience with PV technology, Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has now started consultancy services for airports in other nations to set up solar power plants. Reportedly, it will use its experience to assist Africa’s Ghana to power three of its airports with solar energy.
The airport management has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for solar consulting with Ghana. CIAL’s Managing Director VJ Kurian has been entrusted with the task of taking up the works in this regard, read an online statement from CIAL.
According to an article in local Indian business daily The Economic Times (ET), Kotoka International airport in Ghana’s capital Accra, Kumasi International Airport and Navrongo domestic airport are the three airports that plan to set up solar power plants in the African country. Kotoka airport will be installing a 6 MW PV plant. Incidentally, close a solar PV module manufacturing facility is located very close, although it is not clear where the modules will come from (see Solar Panels Made In Ghana).
These consultancy services will add to the airport’s non-aeronautical revenue, said Kurian. Other nations, like Liberia, have approached CIAL for advice in the matter as well.
The solar plants at Cochin airport were installed by CIAL Infrastructures Limited, a CIAL subsidiary. It started installing a 12 MW capacity PV plant in August 2015. Later, in March 2016, the plant was extended with an additional capacity of 2.4 MW. In all, it has 8 PV plants that collectively generate around 30 MW of power, as per ET. It plans to extend the capacity to 40 MW soon.