GMR Hyderabad International Airport Commissions its Second Phase 5 MW Solar Plant

22 July 2021

In its commitment to sustainability and green initiatives, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHAIL) has always been a forerunner in the field of energy efficiency and a supporter of renewable energy usage. Energy management has always been an integral part of their airport operations. Adopting the best energy efficient solutions and emergent technologies, various energy efficient operations have been initiated by Hyderabad airport to cut down on carbon emissions and reduce energy utilization.

In 2015, GMR Hyderabad International Airport commissioned a 5 MW Solar Power Plant for its captive consumption. And now taking one more step towards achieving clean energy, it has crossed another green milestone with the commissioning of its second phase 5 MW solar power plant.


GHIAL's total solar power capacity has now increased to 10 MW. Spread over an area of 45 acres, more than 30 thousand solar panels have been installed to produce 10 MW power.

Both the solar plants have advanced ABB central inverters and poly crystalline PV panels, which are far more efficient than mono crystalline solar PV panels. With the commissioning of this additional capacity, GHIAL will be able to reduce the dependency of power from the Telangana State Electricity Board by 12 million units per year, thereby saving around INR 90 lakhs per month.

With this addition of solar power generation, 50% of the energy requirements of Hyderabad Airport will be met. There will be a reduction in carbon footprint by about 28 lakh kg carbon dioxide which is equivalent to saving of 1.4 lakh full grown trees. Energy efficiency practices also provide other benefits which include enhanced air quality and reduced greenhouse emissions.

Highlights from GHIAL's Energy Conservation Journey

  • Awarded as 'CII Excellent Energy Efficient Unit' in year 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • Awarded as 'National Energy Leader' for year 2019 & 2020.
  • Awarded with Gold award by Telangana State Energy Conservation Awards -2020 and CII's Performance Excellence Award in 'Ground Mounted Solar Category'.
  • Achieved 'Level 3+, Neutrality' requirements in 2016 and has maintained this level since then.
  • The airport has a 'green' passenger terminal building, which has won the 'Silver' rating in 'Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design' (LEED) certification in the year 2008 by the US Green Building Council.
  • The entire Hyderabad airport has a well-planned and maintained greenbelt and landscaping which has won laurels for its beauty and pleasing ambience.