Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems developer Borrego Solar Systems has been contracted to install a 3.3MW solar system at San Diego International Airport (SDIA), which will provide up to $8m in energy costs savings over the next two decades.
The new solar system will be built and financed by Borrego Solar through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Borrego Solar's system will feature solar panel arrays on the roof of the newly expanded Terminal 2 West at SDIA and in a section of the Terminal 2 short-term parking lot adjacent to the terminal.
Following completion of the installation, the system will generate an estimated 5.3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in its first year of operation.
The project is expected to start in mid-2014 and be completed later in the year.
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president and CEO and SDIA owner and operator Thella Bowens said: "This solar project, the first at the airport, will be a noteworthy and visible highlight of our ongoing commitment to sustainability.
"By partnering with Borrego Solar, we will boost our sustainability efforts with clean energy generation, providing environmental benefits to the region and financial savings to the Airport Authority."
Borrego Solar CEO Mike Hall said: "This project will be a great complement to the energy reduction initiatives the airport has already undertaken and will show others in the region that the technology exists for large energy users to make a cost-effective switch to reliable on-site solar energy."
SDIA will be Borrego Solar's third airport solar installation. Currently, the company is carrying out similar installations at airport facilities in Massachusetts and New Jersey, US.
Image: Rendering showing solar system atop Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.