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Published on October 4th, 2013 | by James Ayre

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Largest Airport Solar Power System Soon To Be At Indianapolis International Airport

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October 4th, 2013 by
 
A 12.5 MW solar PV farm — which will be the largest solar power system on airport real estate in North America — will soon be opening at the Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana. The impressive solar power system will feature more than 41,000 solar photovoltaic panels, each of which is capable of producing 280 W at peak production. The system as a whole will cover around 75 acres of otherwise unused land.

The project was designed, and is being managed, via a partnership between Telamon and Johnson Melloh Solutions. Once completed, the system will be hooked up to 20 Solectria Renewables SGI 500XT inverters — these are currently scheduled to be deployed to the site sometime later this month.

Also worth noting  is that there’s already a 15-year power purchase program agreement in place for the project, with the utility company IPL agreeing to connect the airport terminal to its substation just to the west of the airport.

Image Credit: Solectria Renewables

Image Credit: Solectria Renewables


Solar Power World has further details:

The renewable energy generated by the solar farm will prevent approximately 10,700 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment each year-the equivalent of removing approximately 2,000 cars from the roads. It is expected to generate more than 12.5 million kilowatt hours of electric energy annually, enough to power more than 1,200 average American homes annually.

“Solectria Renewables is an extraordinary partner,” says Andrew Goldin, Senior Vice President of EPC Operations for Cenergy Power. “From the beginning of this project, their sales and service team were supportive on every level. That combined with their unprecedented inverters with 98% CEC efficiency and unbelievable reliability makes them our preferred inverter partner. With their help, we will finish this project ahead of schedule.”

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  • Bob_Wallace

    I’ve seen some concern that glare off the panels could be problemsome for pilots. Wonder if that will be the case.

  • Wayne Williamson

    Most large airports have very large areas of under utilized land. Very good idea.

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