Vizag Port in Andhra Pradesh is preparing to run its operations solely on solar power from March, 2016, after already commissioning two megawatts of solar capacity, with the option to add another eight megawatts by March 20, according to ND TV.
Krishna Babu, Chairman of the Port of Visakhapatnam Port, said: “We will be the first major port in the country to run entire port operations on solar energy.”
Devendra K Rai, Director of the Indian Union Ministry of Shipping, said the target is to install 135 megawatts of solar power projects by 2020 at eight of the country’s major ports.
Mr Rai said: “This particular plan will guide us for the next 10-20 years as to how the maritime sector as a whole can grow.
“We are developing 78 lighthouses (including 34 island lighthouses) as tourist hubs and cruise terminals at Mormugao, Chennai, Mumbai and Cochin.”