Fresno, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] WorldWater & Solar Technologies Corp. broke ground for the construction of a large-scale solar electric system at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in Fresno, California.
The 2-megawatt (MW) installation is scheduled for completion by early 2008 and will be operated by WorldWater under a 20-year power-purchase contract awarded by the Fresno City Council.
“Solar is the ideal power solution for airports. Approximately five acres of raised solar panels will not only provide electricity but shade for rental car lots,” said Frank W. Smith, WorldWater’s Chief Operating Officer. “An additional 20 acres of ground mounted photovoltaic arrays were approved by the FAA for installation in a portion of the airport’s approach zone where occupied structures are not allowed, so otherwise unused real estate becomes a valuable asset.”
Fresno Yosemite International Airport is the major air transportation center for the City of Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley region. In 2006, it connected over 1.2 million passengers to destination throughout the United States as well as to Mexico.
“Our new solar system should save the airport about $13 million dollars over the next 20 years as well as help protect the environment with a major renewable energy source,” said Russ Widmar, Fresno Aviation Director. Fresno Yosemite International Airport is the major air transportation center for the City of Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley region.