Posted on 2015-11-05 14:11:40
As an airplane hovers over Cochin International Airport, one is struck by the dazzling array of reflective panels near the runway.
Standing out in a field of green are more than 46,000 solar panels tapping the power of the bright sunlight and converting it into energy.
Located in the southern state of Kerala, Cochin is now the first airport in the world to run completely on solar power.
The airport started with a small pilot project by installing a solar energy plant with 400 panels on its rooftop in 2013. When that experiment succeeded, it decided to go all the way.
In August this year, the airport became totally self sufficient in meeting its energy needs after it installed a 12 megawatt solar plant close to the cargo terminal.
The airport's managing director VJ Kurian says it was the huge power bills that prompted them to look at greener solutions.