Cochi Airport Becomes World’s First To Completely Operate On Solar Energy

20150820-W40000820-India-W-TThe Indian city of Cochin is now the first international airport that is completely powered by solar energy. Tuesday, Local officials in the Indian state of Kerala marked the opening of a Cochin International Airport’s huge solar plant.

Cochin International airport, the fourth-largest airport in India in terms of international traffic, now runs entirely on solar power. As one of the world’s largest polluters, the move will make the airport completely power neutral, and significantly reducing India’s emissions.

Built by German engineering company Bosch for about $10 million, the huge solar plant provides power to the airport and is made up of more than 46,000 solar panels spread across a 45-acre stretch of land near the airport’s cargo complex.  The airport will have between 50 and 60 thousand units of electricity a day, thanks to the plant — enough to make the airport “absolutely power neutral,” according to a statement.

Watch the response to the new solar-powered airport, and information on how solar power will lower its carbon emissions, in this video:

India is currently in the midst of ramping up its solar power generation. The Narendra Modi government has plans to increase the country’s solar power capacity from the existing 4GW (gigawatt) to 100GW (gigawatt) by 2022.

The government expects an investment of $100 billion in the sector in the next seven years.