cochin-airport-solar-CIALDue to certain natural resources being finite, like fossil fuels, it makes sense to turn to sources of energy that can be renewed and sustained, such as harnessing the power of the sun for solar energy. We’ve seen many companies turn to solar energy, and recently even Google has launched an initiative called Project Sunroof to try and get homeowners to install solar panels.

That being said, over in India they are making some pretty good progress as the country has unveiled the world’s first 100% solar-powered airport. The airport is located in Cochin, a city in the South Indian state of Kerala, and will be powered by 46,150 solar panels that have been laid out across 45 acres of land.

According to the airport in a press release, they claim that they expect to save as much as 300,000 tons of carbon emissions over the next 25 years, which according to them is the equivalent of planting 3 million trees or not driving 750 miles, which is pretty impressive. In fact should there be a surplus of energy, they plan on selling that to the Kerala State Electricity Board.

It also seems that this won’t be their only green initiative. Not content with just harnessing the power of the sun, CIAL has stated that they plan to explore alternate energy sources, such as hydro which will take advantage of the numerous water bodies scattered throughout the state.

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