2-MW Solar Array Dedicated at Denver International Airport

A 2-megawatt (MW) solar energy system has been dedicated at the Denver International Airport (DIA). The solar photovoltaic system, spanning seven and a half acres at the airport’s entrance, will generate more than three million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually.

Designed and installed by WorldWater, using more than 9,200 Sharp solar panels, the new ground-mounted photovoltaic solar arrays employ a single-axis tracking system that follows the sun during the day for greater efficiency and energy production. With the City of Denver, Xcel Energy has developed an educational display in DIA’s Jeppesen Terminal to explain the benefits of solar energy. The system was financed by MMA Renewable Ventures.

“DIA has a long-standing commitment to sustainable operations and environmental protection. This project makes a visible environmental statement to the millions of passengers that travel through our airport,” said Kim Day, aviation manager for Denver International Airport.

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