IGIA becomes first airport to run on hydro and solar powerThe Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has become the first airport in India to run entirely on hydro and solar power.

The move will help in the reducing emissions of two lakh tonnes CO2 per year, a step toward achieving Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport by 2030.

Approximately six percent of the airport’s electricity requirement is met from the onsite solar power plants. These plants are on the airside and on the roofs of the Cargo terminals of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.

Moreover, from 1 June 2022, Delhi Airport has adopted renewable energy use from the hydropower plant for its demand of the remaining 94 percent.

For this, Delhi International Airport (DIAL) has inked a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with a Himachal Pradesh-based hydropower producing company for the supply of hydroelectricity for the airport until 2036.

Besides, DIAL has a 7.84 MW solar power plant on the airside, whereas as part of stakeholder collaboration, operators of the Cargo terminals at Delhi Airport have added another 5.3 MW rooftop solar power plant.

DIAL has also initiated the adoption of the electric vehicle and, phase out all the diesel- and petrol-run in a phased manner. In Phase-I, DIAL will procure 62 EVs that will join the fleet in three to four months.

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