Another 4.4 megawatts of solar panels will be installed at Denver International Airport. Currently they have 3.6 megawatts which provide about half the power used to run the onsite trains for passengers. The extra 4.4 megawatts will make DIA the largest photovoltaic energy producer in the state of Colorado.
Aviation manager for the airport Kim Day said, “Denver’s airport has a widespread reputation as a green airport. Our partnership with Oak Leaf Energy, Constellation Energy and Intermountain Electric not only expands our sustainability efforts, but is a great example of public-private partnerships advancing the green economy.” (Source: Denver.bizjournals.com)
The new solar panels will be installed this fall and the entire project will be finished by early 2011. Intermountain Electric Inc. will build the system, with solar panels provided by Yingli Green Energy. The new power array will reportedly reduce CO2 emissions by 5,000 metric tons per year. (Source: Businessweek.com)
A large green parking lot for the airport offers electric vehicle-charging stations, shuttles that run on compressed-natural gas, wind turbines, solar power, geothermal power, and their own ethanol producer, called a microfueler.
These are some of the features at Denver International Airport which have led it to be called one of the greenest airports in the country. It is also one of the largest. Last year over fifty million travelers passed through. It generates 22 billion dollars each year.
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