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Indian Airport First in World to Be Completely Solar Powered

An airport in the south of India is the world’s first to run completely on solar energy following commissioning of a 12-megawatt project overseen by Bosch Ltd.

The undertaking, at Cochin International Airport, is estimated to generate more than 50,000 units of electricity daily and will make CIAL grid-power neutral, Bosch said in a news release on Tuesday.

Built on land covering 50 acres (20 hectares), the project is the largest of its kind to be constructed at an airport in India, according to the release.

Bosch has 50 megawatts of solar projects in India either commissioned or under construction, C.M. Venugopalan, head of Bosch India Energy Business, said in the release.

India has 4 gigawatts of solar capacity currently, with an aim to reach 100 gigawatts by 2022.

Cochin is located in the city of Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala.

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