Sacramento International Airport in the US is considering the construction of two 15-acre solar farms that will generate enough power to run the airport’s operations.
The plants will help the airport save close to $15m on energy within the next 20 years and also reduce its energy needs by 15% by 2020, reported the California Aggie.
The airport will sent its request to the county board of supervisors for permission to sign a contract with a solar company.
The airport is said to currently spend $3.4m on electricity a year. It is also in a debt of billions of dollars after the construction of Terminal B and a jet concourse building.
Communication and media officer for the Sacramento Department of Airports Laurie Slothower was quoted by the California Aggie as saying: "Sacramento International Airport is committed to wise use of environmental resources. Terminal B was designed with an eye towards green technology and in fact earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification in 2012.
"The overall goal of the solar project is operate Sacramento International Airport in an environmentally sustainable manner that reduces operating costs. We anticipate energy savings of $15m over the next 20 years."
The airport had published a request for proposal (RFP) on its website in September last year after several discussions regarding the construction of solar plants.
A total of 14 companies have expressed interest and submitted their proposals.
The farms would be designed, built, operated and maintained by the company selected for their construction and would be built without any extra cost to the public.