State and local leaders stood side by side with Denver International Airport (DIA) personnel and Constellation Energy representatives as they held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a newly established 4.4MW ground-mounted solar system. This is the third large-scale solar system to be installed at DIA, bringing the airport’s total amount of hosted solar power to over 8MW.
Powered by 19,000 Yingli Green Energy PV panels, the 4.4MW system was developed by Oak Leaf Energy Partners and installed by Quanta Services Intermountain Electric, which also manages DIA’s 2MW and 1.6MW solar facilities. The system, built, owned and maintained by Constellation Energy, will produce roughly 7,000MWh of electricity to DIA each year, which will be purchased by the airport over a 20-year period.
“With the addition of this solar facility, Denver International Airport’s three solar array systems now produce approximately six percent of the airport’s total power requirements,” said Kim Day, aviation manager for DIA. “We support alternative energy applications at DIA because these projects are good for the environment while positively impacting our bottom line; they are financially sustainable. This airport was built with a goal of being green, and with this additional solar array, Denver International Airport now has one of the largest solar installations in North America.”