CIAL offers global consultation
As part of International Solar Alliance (ISA)’s initiative to find out suitable models to be incorporated to achieve its ambitions plan of massive deployment of solar energy, a delegation consisting of 40 ambassadors/high commissioners are visited Cochin International airport on 22nd May 2019.
CIAL expressed its readiness to provide consultancy service to airports of the member countries. Meanwhile ISA Director General Upendra Tripadi revealed to the press that it would convene an international summit for the managing directors of the airports of members countries to decipher possibilities of repeating the CIAL model in global level.
Cochin International airport, the worlds’ first airport fully operated on solar energy has been identified by ISA as one of the models and the proposed visit will give a fillip to CIAL’s effort in taking its project to next level so that it can ta contribute globally as a consultant. The high profile delegation reached CIAL at 10 am on Wednesday and hold a discussion with CIAL authorities. CIAL managing director said that the company is all set to provide consultancy service to the member countries. “ We are glad to know that other countries are keenly interested in our solar model. We have no qualms in sharing with them the technical know how of establishing solar power plants at their airports “: said Kurian. ISA director general Upendra Tripati said that the organization is overwhelmed by the success of CIAL model. “ They really proved that high energy consumer like an airport can rely upon alternative energy sources. This has to be taken in another level. We plan to organize an international summit for the airport managing directors of the member countries so that they can replicate the model “ ; Tripati added. After the discussion the envoys were guided to field visits at CIAL’s main solar plant. They were also brought to CIAL golf club for being appraised about the floating solar plants set up in two lakes of the golf course. This time CIAL is experimenting with panels laid over high density poly ethylene material which can float over water. A total installed capacity of 450 KWp is envisaged through this plants. CIAL achieved power neutral status in August 2015 and won “ Champions of the Earth award “ in 2018; the highest environmental honour instituted by the United Nations. At present CIAL’s total installed capacity is 40 MWp producing 1.63 lakhs unit of power a day whereas the requirement stands at 1.53 lakhs units.The delegation comprises of the ambassadors/high commissioners of 25 African countries including Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria and Tanzania and also from countries like France, Brazil, Chile, Malaysia, Bolivia and Sri Lanka. ISA is an alliance of 74 countries initiated by India and France formed in 2015 sharing the ambition to undertake joint efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and the cost of technology, mobilize more than US$1000 billion of investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy.