Denver International Airport is seeking Denver
City Council approval for the construction of a photovoltaic solar
electricity-generating system that will power the airport’s fuel
storage and distribution facility.
DIA has filed the ordinances necessary
to obtain council approval to enter into an agreement
with MP2 Capital and Oak Leaf Energy Partners to develop
the $7 million, 1.6-megawatt solar project on
approximately nine acres north of the airport’s
airfield. Once operational, the new solar system is
expected to provide approximately 100% of the fuel
farm’s electricity consumption.
“We expect this project to reduce
energy costs for our airline and cargo business partners
over the 20-year term of the agreement,” Aviation
Manager Kim Day said Wednesday. “DIA has a widespread
reputation as a ‘green’ airport, and this project is
another example of our commitment to environmental
“The proposed environmentally friendly
solar facility at Denver International Airport promises
to provide long-term cost savings to airport
stakeholders while reaffirming the airlines’ ongoing
commitment to cleaner energy,” added Air Transport
Association President and CEO James C. May.
“Congratulations to all involved in moving this project
Day said her appreciation for the
efforts of the 20 airline members of the DIA fuel
committee and also Aircraft Service International Group
in helping to make the project a reality. The DIA fuel
committee is chaired by Bob Sturtz, United Airlines’
managing director of strategic sourcing/fuels.
The proposal calls for DIA to buy
electricity generated by the system at a rate equal to
90% of Xcel Energy’s rate. The system is scheduled for
completion by the end of this year.
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