Airport Authority of India (AAI) has launched a 1 MW solar power plant for the airport of the infamous pilgrimage hub Tirupati. With this, Tirupati becomes the 4th city in South India to get a solar powered airport, following Trivandrum, Cochin and Vijayawada. All thanks to Fourth Partner Energy for commissioning this project.
S Sreekumar, Regional ED, AAI aims is to ensure that Tirupati, along with all airports across South India, operates completely on solar power within three years.

Why Tirupati ?

Tirupati enjoys bright, sunny weather most of the year. The solar power generation increases at daytime when the solar plant can meet over 75% of required electricity. At night, this airport is currently non-operational but AAI is aiming to soon make it operational 24×7. Following that, the developer will scale up the power from solar. Excess solar power generated at Tirupati airport will then be routed back to the national power grid via net metering. This is in line with Andhra Pradesh’s renewable energy policy and its goal to add 5 GW solar capacity over the next five years.

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