Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has put in an order for Enerparc Energy to set up a 5.7MW solar plant and perform O&M services over ten years at T3 terminal.
This is a repeat order following Enerparc’s successful 2.1MW solar installation for DIAL near the runway, which was commissioned in January 2014.
The new project will be spread over 10 hectares.
Enerparc has already installed 270MW of solar projects on runway side of airports worldwide.
Santosh Khatelsal, managing director, Enerparc Energy, said: “We have also commissioned a 5MW solar project at Hyderabad International airport and these three large-scale solar airport projects we have built and are operating is a testimony to our expertise and technical skills in understanding both aviation specific needs and solar expertise.”
Enerparc is in discussions with several airport authorities in India over potential solar projects.
Khatelsal said airports are ideal locations for solar projects due to the high energy demand and vast tracts of empty land space.
The news comes after Cochin International Airport in Kerala was pronounced as the world’s first fully solar powered airport in August, with the installation of a 12MW plant at a cost of INR620 million (US$9.5 million) by Bosch’s energy and building solutions team.
Cochin airport has another 1MW solar PV plant in addition to a smaller grid-connected 100kW rooftop system, both of which were installed in 2013.