Denver International Airport is planning to power its fuel-storage and -distribution system with a new 1.6-megawatt solar power system. The system is designed to provide 100 percent of the power needed by the fuel farm and should be operating by the end of this year. The photovoltaic panels will be installed on nine acres north of the airport.
Le Castellet Airport in southeast France will have a 60,000-sq-ft photovoltaic roof operational this spring on a new hangar. Peak power delivered by the solar panels is 150 kilowatts, which translates into an average 185,000 kWh per year. This is about 40 percent of the airport’s electric power needs.
The trend of airports adding solar power systems is growing in the southwest U.S., which sees more sunny days each year than other parts of the country. Sacred Power of Albuquerque, N.M., installed a 10-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array at White Sands Regional Airport in Alamogordo last November.