Tirupati’s Renigunta International Airport Turns on Solar Power

AAI has inaugurated a 1 MW solar plant at the Renigunta International Airport in Tirupati, which was commissioned by Fourth Partner Energy.

Tirupati Airport Solar

The temple town of Tirupati has successfully joined the league of solar-powered airports in South India, along with Cochin, Trivandrum and Vijayawada. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) inaugurated a 1 MW solar plant at Tirupati’s Renigunta International airport, which was commissioned by a leading distributed solar developer, Fourth Partner Energy.

S Sreekumar, Regional ED, AAI, turned on the plant and said “our aim is to ensure that Tirupati, along with all airports across South India operate completely on solar power within three years. We will also be commissioning 8 MW plants at Hubli and Kadapa airports shortly.”

The ground-mounted solar plant has been installed across 4 acres of land, parallel to the airport runway and its isolation bay. “Tirupati enjoys bright, sunny weather most of the year; the usability of solar power increases at daytime when the plant can meet over 75% of required electricity; at night, this airport is currently non-operational. Fourth Partner Energy ensured a thorough and efficient execution of this project. Switching to Solar power under this company’s expertise was a great experience,” added S Suresh, Airport Director at Renigunta, Tirupati.

AAI has also provisioned for expansion of this airport, aiming to soon make it operational 24×7; following which the developer will scale up the power generated from the solar plant. Excess power generated at Tirupati airport will then be routed back to the national grid via net metering, in line with Andhra Pradesh’s renewable energy policy.

Vivek Subramanian, co-founder and CEO at Fourth Partner said, “the Tirupati airport solar installation was quite challenging, as part of the site is parallel to the runway — for this we had to obtain special construction permits and also incorporate design changes to eliminate the ‘glare effect’. Andhra Pradesh aims to add 5 GW of solar capacity over the next five years and Fourth Partner is looking forward to helping the State achieve this target.”

Fourth Partner Energy has already commissioned nearly 20 projects in Andhra Pradesh for clients like Bharti Polymers, Visakhapatnam Smart City, Walmart, Andhra Bank and D-Mart. The firm has an operational portfolio of over 170 MW of distributed solar assets across 23 states; and an additional capacity target of 350 MW for FY20.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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