Pittsburgh International Airport to become solar-powered airport

 Saturday, October 19, 2019 


Pittsburgh International Airport is going to be a solar-powered airport soon. The authorities are planning to use solar power and natural gas microgrid to make this a reality.



Airports across the country are taking initiatives for increasing their power reliability after several high-profile power outages caused cancellations of many flights and passenger disruptions.



The airfield Hyatt Hotel and Sunoco gas station are also supposed to depend on the power generated by solar power. The airport will stay connected to the traditional grid as an emergency or back-up power at times of extreme weather events or other grid interruption. Altogether 7,800 solar panels will be installed across eight acres that can be seen from interstate-376 in Pittsburgh.



CEO of Pittsburgh International Airport, Christina Cassotis, said that the airports aimed to be a world leader in aviation innovation and this project would bring power resiliency for them.



Peoples Natural Gas has been tasked with building, maintaining and operating the microgrid, which is slated to be online by 2021’s summer.



The microgrid will provide a sustainable and resilient source of energy and the solar array will be capable of producing over 20 megawatts.



CNX Resources, EIS Solar, PJ Dick, LLI Engineering and IMG Energy Solutions will be the other firms involved in the project.



CNX Resources President and CEO Nick Delulis said that the project was important in the sense that public and private sectors were going to come together for strengthening an important regional asset.



Two months back, Tennessee’s Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport declared itself the first US airport to be 100 per cent solar-powered. The $10million microgrid project, which was started in 2010, includes a 2.74-megawatt solar farm, which is equal to the size of 16 football fields. The airport generates electricity to power about 160,000 light bulbs. The energy generated from the solar farm is stored within on-site batteries which enables the system to operate even without sunlight.



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