Vikram Solar brings solar energy to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
Vikram Solar,a globally recognized leading solar energy solutions provider, specializing in high efficiency PV module manufacturing and comprehensive EPC solutions, successfully commissioned a rooftop solar plant with a total 2 MWp capacity at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata, West Bengal. The project of setting of grid connected solar rooftop project under Jawharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was implemented for Airport Authority of India within the MNRE scheme.
This project is Vikram Solar’s 3rd such rooftop installation at an International Airport in India, after the 100 kWp installation at Cochin International Airport & the recently commissioned 750 kWp solar plant at Calicut International Airport, Kerala. Vikram Solar was responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, supply, construction, erection and commissioning of this rooftop plant. The whole project consists of 3 separate installations of 180 kWp at the Operations Building, 572.2 kWp at the Cargo & APEDA building, and 1248 kWp at the domestic building. The project is expected to reduce approx 2036.90MT of CO2 emissions per year.
“Kolkata airport is one of the first few airports in the country to get solarised. We are proud to showcase the biggest airport rooftop installation in the country. Vikram Solar were entrusted to execute this prestigious project and they have successfully completed it. The 2 MWp grid connected rooftop solar plant is set to create benchmark by generating 2800 Mwh of solar energy in its first year of operation. It is expected to garner monetary benefit of approx. Rs. 2.15 cr. per annum through net metering with CESC besides earning carbon credit for green energy generation.” said Mr. A.K.Sharma, Airport Director, NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
Mr. Gyanesh Chaudhary, CEO and Managing Director, Vikram Solar, said, “We remain committed to our objective of encouraging and protecting utilization of natural resources of energy.We promote new, clean and cost-effective power generation and implementation of better technologies. At Vikram Solar, we develop world- class technology to design, install and commission benchmark solar projects worldwide and the Kolkata airport is one such example.”
The solar plant is built using Vikram Solar’s high-efficiency ELDORA Prime Silver series’260 Wp 60 cells polycrystalline PV modules (a total of 7848 nos. of modules were used )spread over the area of 3 building rooftops. The solar plant is equipped with Vikram Solar’s advanced Data Monitoring System. Vikram Solar has also been entrusted with overseeing the operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the plant under a 2-year contract.This is one of the biggest roof top installation in Eastern India and the biggest Roof Top installation of Airports Authority of India in the country.
Mr.Kuldeep Jain, COO,Vikram Solar stated “Our team is committed to take up complex projects and complete them from concept to commissioning by adhering to best project management practices & ensuring quality checks during entire execution process. This project has not only resulted in substantial tax benefits but also end-user savings, while considerably lowering the carbon footprint. The plant has been set up using best-in-class technology which includes advanced monitoring system, latest cost effective earthing& lightning protection system, and other safety features making it safe and effective for an International airport.”