October 17 (Renewables Now) - The airport of Geneva plans to install rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels with the aim to produce 7.5 GWh of clean energy per year.
Genève Aéroport (GA) said last week it has selected energy services provider Services Industriels de Geneve (SIG) to equip with solar systems 10 rooftop areas totalling 55,000 sq m. Once operational, these solar power plants will be able to generate enough power to meet the demand of about 2,500 local homes.
The solar project will be financed by SIG, which will develop and build the plants and will also own and maintain them for a 25-year period following completion. The scheme is part of Geneva airport’s energy strategy that is based on lowering the airport’s energy requirements, producing and using energy "as efficiently as possible" and promoting the use of renewables.
SIG owns and operates 39 solar plants in the canton of Geneva, generating around 48 GWh of electricity per year. The company’s goal is to lift this production to 150 GWh by 2025, or enough power for 50,000 households in Geneva.