Adelaide Airport has made public the installation of a 1.17MW solar photovoltaic system on the roof of its short-term car park, making it a total installed solar capacity of 1.28MW and reducing its energy consumption by close to 10%.
This system will be biggest on any Australian airport and will produce sufficient electrical energy to power the equivalent of over 300 households.Approximately 4,500 new PV panels will be installed in December 2015, with the project expected to be completed by April 2016.
Managing Director of Adelaide Airport, Mark Young, noted that the solar system would significantly cut the electricity consumption at the airport, while helping the territory government to reach its renewable energy and carbon emissions reduction targets.
“Earlier this year we became the first airport in Australia to be recognised by the global Airport Carbon Accreditation program for optimising our management and reduction of carbon emissions,” Young said.
“Adelaide Airport’s vision is to be a top tier airport business centre in the Asia Pacific region, and further improving our environmental credentials is a key part of this vision.”