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Delays for on-site power at India’s airports

Indian airports aiming to be powered by on-site solar installations have seen delays in realising their projects due to disputes over net metering, according to reports.

On-site solar projects at six of the nation’s airports (Hubli, Belgaum, Bhubaneshwar, Varanasi, Lucknow and Madurai) are reportedly stalled after a disagreement over pricing between the Airports Authority of India (AAI), which operates the airports, and power distribution companies.

A K Mishra, the AAI’s director of engineering, was quoted as saying that the firm “expect[s] the differences to be resolved and the plants to start running before the end of the current financial year”.

According to Mishra, the AAI aims to reduce its energy costs through self-generation. “We have a lot of spare land available at airports and solar plant costs are coming down,” he reportedly said.

The AAI, which operates 125 Indian airports, has a solar project development pipeline of 23.6 MW, including ground-mounted and rooftop plants.

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