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I know Green Drinks prefers small scale stuff you can do yourself, but you could bring this airport solar project up at MyRegion.org and other planning and environmental groups. The Fresno project is a practical example of what can be done. The City of Orlando has two airports, Orlando International Airport (OIA -- the big one we all use) and Orlando Executive Airport (OEA - across Colonial Drive from Fashion Square Mall). In addition, the City of Sanford has the Orlando-Sanford airport.\
As a Democrat, I would add this was done by a Republican Mayor in a state with a Republican Governor. Imagine what would happen if we could get Orlando's Democratic Mayor on board.
Last week, at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, ground was broken for the largest solar energy project (2 MW, 25 acres) at any airport in the United States.
The two megawatt (2 MW), 25 acre installation is being built under a power purchase agreement that requires no out-of-pocket costs on the part of the customer.
The project will provide up to 40% of the Airport's annual power consumption through the use of 100% renewable energy sources. The Airport will save approximately $12.8 million in energy cost over a 25 year period. World Water & Power expects to complete the solar project in the spring of 2008.
Fresno Mayor Autry stated, "This project further establishes Fresno as a national leader amongst municipal governments in the innovative use of renewal energy and protecting the environment."
At the [ground breaking] ceremony, Fresno Aviation Director, Rus Widmar said, "This is an exciting day for an airport that prides itself as a leader in technology. 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."
Frank W. Smith, WorldWater's Chief Operating Officer also commented, "Approximately five acres of raised solar panels will not only provide electricity but shade for rental car lots. An additional 20 acres of ground mounted photovoltaic arrays were approved by the FAA for installation in a portion of the airports approach zone where occupied structures are not allowed, so otherwise unused real estate becomes a valuable asset."
AIRPORT: Fresno Yosemite International Airport
VENDOR: WorldWater & Solar Technologies
(as reported on SolarBuzz.com)