India is among the worst nations in the world for air pollution. In fact, in a 2014 World Health Organization report, 6 out of the top 10 worst cities for air pollution were in India. But that infamous distinction may be about to change.
Cochin International Airport (CIAL), in India's southwest coastal state of Kerala, has become the first airport in the world entirely run on solar power. It has its own solar power plant, comprised of 46,150 solar panels across 45 acres, which make the airport absolutely power neutral.
In fact, its panels produce a little bit extra energy, which CIAL contributes to the state's power grid. The power plant will produce 18 million units of power annually, enough to provide for 10,000 homes for one year. The carbon emissions that will be avoided from this plant are equivalent to planting three million trees.
Hopefully, CIAL's success will inspire other countries to follow suit. Solar power is efficient, clean and inexpensive. Liter of Light uses solar power and recycled materials to provide affordable, sustainable light and empower marginalized communities in the global fight against energy poverty. Want to join the fight? Donate today!