Alice Springs Airport which currently produces 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy will soon generate approximately 90 percent of its power from solar with the inclusion of a 1000 PV panels.
This is a $1.9 million solar project, which will be included to the “Airport’s award-winning solar energy station”, to increase the solar energy capacity to 800kW and increase its self-generation capacity by approximately 40%.
The construction of the project is to commence in September, 2015, which will mark the 3rd phase of the “Airport’s long-term target” to increase its operational sustainability.
The contractor for the project is Sitzler Bros, a local company. By end of 2015, the project should be completed.
“Our solar power projects have been hugely successful for the business,” said Airport General Manager Dave Batic. “We’re committed to further developing our solar energy capabilities, especially when it comes to thinking outside the square to make it happen.”
“This latest phase will turn our entire long term car park into a solar energy station, and when it’s complete will offset the equivalent of 430 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The combined total of our solar power output, more than 800kw, will offset a massive 1270 tonnes of annual carbon dioxide emissions.”
“ASP was the first Australian airport to see the benefits of investing in large scale PV technology that feeds back to our grid,” said Dave. “Now with a system large enough to power 280 homes for a year we believe it’s one of the biggest airport solar stations in the country as well.”
Alice Spring Airport was adjudged the “Major Airport of the Year in Australia in 2014” by the Australian Airports Association based on the investments into solar infrastructure. The solar project won the “Safe Climate Award” at the Environment Centre NT’s inaugural Ochre Green awards.
S. Vorrath, August 14, 2015. Alice Springs Airport nears 100% renewables with new solar array:http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/alice-springs-airport-nears-100-renewables-with-new-solar-array-24656. [Accessed August 16, 2015]