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Chattanooga airport now powered by solar energy

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The Chattanooga airport has saved 90,000 kilowatt-hours of power since installing a 4.5-acre solar farm in December.

With so much energy going into making our air travel more eco-friendly, we don't often stop to think about how much energy airports themselves use.

So the Chattanooga Metropolitan Authority decided to try and make the Chattanooga Airport a little greener. They enlisted Atlanta-based Inman Solar to carry out the installation of a 4.5-acre solar farm to help power the airport. The project uses high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules created by Suniva, an Atlanta-based solar company. The installation is the first phase of a 3-megawatt project to power airport operations.

Since the installation was completed in December, the setup has already produced 90,000 kilowatt-hours of power - a savings of more than 62 tons of CO2.

According to Inman Solar, the project was funded by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The agency provided 95 percent of the project's $4.3 million estimated cost.

The Chattanooga airport project's goal of 3-megawatts of solar power is ambitious, especially given the airport's size. In comparison, the country's largest solar airport initiative is a 4.4-megawatt project at the much-larger Denver airport. Should this project be successful, it may encourage other smaller airports to find similar ways to curb their emissions.

Photo: Inman Solar

via [EarthTechling]

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Channtal Fleischfresser

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Contributing Editor Channtal Fleischfresser has worked for The Economist, WNET/Channel 13, Al Jazeera English, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure