The Denver airport terminal, the tenth busiest in the world, extended to 8 MW solar park that supplies electricity. 2 MW installed in 2008 and 1.6 MW last year, now, by Constellation Energy, will increase 4.4 MW of that energy, using Yingli Solar photovoltaic panels.
In a statement, Constellation Energy, e4n partnership with the U.S. also Oak Leaf Energy Partners, has announced that fund, direct and will own the solar installation. Denver International Airport (DEN) will purchase the electricity they produce the system for a period of 20 years.
Intermountain Electric (EMI), already installed and manages the above facilities, plans to begin construction of this project in fall 2010 and finish in early 2011. It is expected that the system, with 19,000 photovoltaic panels will provide about 7,000 megawatt hours of electricity each year. In terms of saving carbon dioxide, the estimate is to prevent the emission of more than 5,000 metric tons.
“The Denver airport has an excellent reputation as a hub airport ‘green’. Our partnership with Oak Leaf Energy, Constellation Energy and Intermountain Electric not only expands our sustainability efforts, but it is a great example of partnership between public and private companies that promote “green economy,” said Kim Day, Director of Aviation DEN .
One of the particularities of the project, according to the statement explained, is that “the structure of solar projects such as power purchase agreements (PPAs), creates an attractive business model that involves no cost to customers and represents a fixed energy costs over a long period of time.”