Sacramento International Airport (SMF) has installed a photovoltaic (PV) system to harness solar energy in an effort to advance its sustainability.
Solar technology company SMA has provided the photovoltaics to the US airport.
The 7.9 MW project, using SMA's inverters, has been implemented across a 15-acre land parcel near the airport’s economy parking lot, as well as a 20-acre location north of the runway.
The solar power facility uses two Sunny Central 2200-US inverters, which are integrated with a medium-voltage block, in addition to three Sunny Central 800 CP-US inverters.
SMA America general manager Jim Crossen said: “We are pleased to partner with Borrego Solar to bring renewable energy to the Sacramento International Airport, which holds special meaning because our US headquarters is located in the Sacramento region.
“With Sunny Central inverters delivering reliable, robust performance, we are confident that the airport—and those who utilise it—will see the benefits of solar energy.”
The project was constructed by Borrego Solar with financing from energy company NRG, which will own and operate the facility. Under a power purchase agreement (PPA) signed for a period of 25 years, NRG will sell electricity to the airport.
Borrego Solar is a commercial solar company and is specialised in the design and construction of solar and energy storage projects.
The system will compensate 30% of SMF’s electricity use, providing cost savings of up to $850,000 annually over the agreement period.
Borrego Solar Systems president Aaron Hall said: “SMA is a valuable partner, and we were glad to utilise the company’s exceptional technology and local expertise for this PV system.
“With the Sunny Central’s reliable performance and power production, we are confident the airport will see great savings with its solar investment.”
The airport processed 10.9 million passengers in 2017.