Brisbane Airport Corp (BAC) said on Tuesday that a 6-MW solar system, featuring 22,000 panels, will be installed across six sites at Brisbane Airport in Queensland, Australia.
The project is part of efforts to reduce the airport's energy needs. "We are in the enviable position of having thousands of square metre of un-impeded roof space ideal for solar harvesting and, with systems becoming more efficient and more affordable to install, it makes financial sense to invest in this readily available supply of renewable energy to save costs and decrease our carbon footprint," said Krishan Tangri, BAC general manager assets.
The solar panels, whose installation is due to start in December, will account for 18% of BAC's direct electricity consumption. The system is expected to be completed in August next year. The airport's International Terminal will host a 1.98-MW array, which will be the largest single rooftop solar panel installation at an Australian airport.
The project has been awarded to Australian commercial solar company Epho, which partnered with Sam Khalil, managing director of solar developer Shakra Energy. Once completed, the solar systems will produce 9.3 GWh per year.
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