1.6-MW Sharp Solar Array at Denver International Airport Goes Online

Another utility-scale solar power system at Denver International Airport (DIA) recently became operational. The new 1.6-megawatt (MW) Sharp solar array powers the airport’s fuel-storage and distribution facility.

Now that it is operational, the new solar system provides approximately 100 percent of the fuel farm’s electricity consumption. This newest solar array at Denver International Airport was commissioned following the success of the 2 MW Sharp solar power array that was inaugurated in August of 2008.

The photovoltaic system was financed and developed by MP2 Partners and Oak Leaf Partners, constructed by Quanta, and is comprised of approximately 7,400 Sharp solar panels.

“This project will reduce energy costs for our airline and cargo business partners over the 20-year term of the power purchase agreement,” said Kim Day, DIA’s aviation manage. “DIA has a widespread reputation as a ‘green’ airport, and this project is another example of our commitment to environmental responsibility.”

DIA is buying electricity generated by the system at a rate equal to 90 percent of the local utility, Xcel Energy’s rate. Construction of the 1.6-MW solar power system commenced in September 2009, and was completed in December 2009. The array was built on approximately nine acres north of the airport’s airfield.

“This solar PV system, featuring modules made in the U.S., will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, electricity costs, and grid constraints – while helping to improve Denver’s air quality,” said Ron Kenedi, vice president of Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group.

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