Delhi’s IGI airport to run on hydro and solar power, first in India

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with a Himachal Pradesh-based hydropower producing company for the supply of hydroelectricity till 2036.

With this development, IGI Airport has become the first airport in India to run entirely on hydro and solar power as it switched to renewable sources for its energy needs. This move will help in reducing 0.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Already, approximately 6 per cent of the airport’s electricity needs are met using onsite solar power plants. These solar power plants are located on the airside and on the roofs of the cargo terminals of IGI Airport. From June 1, 2022, Delhi Airport has adopted hydropower energy for its demand of the remaining 94 per cent, thus ending its dependency on non-renewable power.