Nelson Airport, New Zealand's fourth busiest commercial airport, will this week start work on installing solar panels on its terminal building.
NZ SolarFarms will be installing 44 panels at the airport with a project completion date set for the end of November.
Nelson Airport is located on the northern tip of South Island, New Zealand, around 8 kilometres from the centre of Nelson. The airport has an average of 90 flights a day, moving 1.2 million passengers per annum.
The panels will be located near the front of the terminal roof and will help to reduce the airport’s carbon footprint.
Nelson Airport chairman Paul Steere said: “I go to Australia every month and see this technology everywhere, but here you have to go out of your way to spot it. If we can encourage use of it, then that’s a good thing.”
Matt Winstone, chief executive of NZ SolarFarms, said the first thing to be installed will be a display screen within the airport terminal. He said the display will allow passengers and visitors to obtain information about the power that will be generated and the saving in emissions.