CIAL Solar Power Project

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CIAL solar power project
LocationKochi, Kerala
Coordinates10°09′06″N 76°23′35″E / 10.1518°N 76.3930°E / 10.1518; 76.3930Coordinates: 10°09′06″N 76°23′35″E / 10.1518°N 76.3930°E / 10.1518; 76.3930
Commission dateOctober 2015
Solar farm
TypeFlat-panel PV
Site area45 acres (18 ha)
Power generation
Nameplate capacity40MW

The CIAL Solar Power Project is a 40 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power station built at COK airport, India, by the company Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL). Cochin International Airport became the first fully solar powered airport in the world with the commissioning the plant.[1]


The plant comprises 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the international cargo complex. The plant has been installed by the German-based M/s Bosch Ltd. It is capable of generating 50,000 units of electricity daily, and is equipped with a supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA), through which remote monitoring is carried out. The project components include PV modules of 265Wp capacity manufactured by Renesola, and inverters of 1MW capacity manufactured by ABB India.[2]

It is coupled with a 1.1 MW solar plant that was commissioned in 2013. This plant was installed by Emvee Photovoltaic Power Pvt. Ltd. 4000 numbers of monocrystalline modules of 250Wp with thirty three numbers of 30 kW capacity Delta make string inverters were used in this plant, which is the first Megawatt scale installation of Solar PV system in the State of Kerala.[3]

The plant system is without any battery storage as it is directly connected to the KSEB grid. CIAL gives as much power as it produces (during the day time) to the grid, and buys back the power from them as needed, especially at night.


CIAL has decided to double the installed capacity of solar power generation. Another 10,000 panels would be installed in the remaining space to generate an additional 2.40 MW power. Panels to be installed atop the building and the new park would help generate 4 MW and another 7 MW through panels to be installed over the three km-long irrigation canal would take the total installed capacity to 26.50 MW. On 12 December a 5.1 MW Solar Carport was inaugurated along with the revamped T2 terminal, making it the largest solar carport in an airport. This addition also took the total capacity to 40 MW.[4]

Environmental impact[edit]

This green power project will not result in any carbon dioxide emissions over the next 25 years. It will produce a clean source of energy equivalent to energy produced from coal-fired power plants burning more than 3 lakh metric tonnes of coal. This plant also provides a carbon offset equivalent of planting 30 lakh trees.[5] CIAL sets an example by effectively utilizing the buffer zone area.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How is the world's first solar powered airport faring?". BBC news. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Kochi airport installs 12MW solar plant". The Hindu business line. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  3. ^ "CIAL all set to become the first solar powered airport in the country". Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  4. ^ "CIAL to double solar energy capacity". The Hindu. 28 November 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Kochi: CIAL to Become India's First Solar Powered International Airport". IB Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  6. ^ Sukumaran, Sreenath; Sudhakar, K. (2017). "Fully solar powered airport: A case study of Cochin International airport" (PDF). Journal of Air Transport Management. 62: 176–188. doi:10.1016/j.jairtraman.2017.04.004.