700 kW Rooftop Solar Project at Ahmedabad Airport to be Commissioned by March

The project is part of an effort to achieve 200 MW of solar capacity across all AAI-owned airports in the next five to six years

January 29, 2018


A 700 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) project is likely to be commissioned within the next two months at the Ahmedabad airport, and the power generated by it will be used for the airport’s captive consumption.

The contract to develop the rooftop solar PV project was won by engineering, procurement, and construction firm Prozeal .

When asked about the development, Shobit Rai, the director of Prozeal said, “We quoted a tariff of ₹48,000 (~$754)/kW to develop this project. In the next 60 days, we will commission this project.”

“We took into account the average Indian module price of ₹24 (~$0.38)/W to ₹25 (~$0.39)/W while bidding for this project. There is an incentive in terms of the project cost for finishing the project early,” Rai added.

The planned solar PV project at Ahmedabad is just one of several such projects underway at India’s airports.

Mercom reported in December that a 15 MW grid-connected solar PV project was inaugurated on the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata, West Bengal, under the Airports Authority of India (AAI) initiative. At the inauguration ceremony, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said, “The target is to achieve 200 MW of solar capacity in five to six years across all AAI-owned airports in India.”

According to Mercom’s AAI sources, another tender to develop 730 kW at the Madurai airport premises is also nearing completion.

CIAL Infrastructures Ltd. also recently concluded bidding for the development of 9.9 MW of grid-connected solar projects at the Cochin airport. Sterling & Wilson emerged as the winning bidder by quoting a low price of ₹349 million (~$5.5 million) to develop a 7.5 MW grid-connected solar PV project and a price of ₹158 million (~$2.5 million) to develop 2.4 MW of grid-connected solar on carport roofs.

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