Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport will be Pakistan’s first airport to be powered entirely by solar energy.
The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to convert all international airports in Pakistan to solar electricity in stages. It will help reduce the consumption of fuel energy and CO2 emissions.
Airports have larger areas compared to any other transport mode and this area can be utilized to install solar panels on large scale. The solar energy can replace a portion of energy consumption of the airport and can be extended with time.
Utilizing large swaths of blank rooftop space in airports will provide an opportunity to centralize solar energy production that could potentially power the airport itself.
The aviation authority has decided to convert Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport to solar energy in the first phase and has instructed pertinent agencies to create a feasibility plan in this regard, according to the sources.
Khaqan Murtaza, DG CAA, claimed the solar energy project will save millions of rupees in costs.
“The CAA is working on a plan to convert Karachi airport to solar energy,” he said, adding that the country’s other international airports would be transformed in a second phase.
Previously, the government decided to install solar power panels on Metro Bus stations to reduce the fuel energy as a step towards green Pakistan.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government have already planned to to spend Rs 1.79 billion on the solarizing 2,000 mosques in recently merged tribal areas in order to give worshipers an uninterrupted power supply.
Replacing fuel energy with solar and wind energy, planting trees as in Billion tree tsunami and transitioning from fuel cars to electric vehicle will help the country tackle the climate change issues.