Why Solar Power Is Taking Off At Airports Across The Country

“Airport interest in solar energy is growing rapidly as a way to reduce airport operating costs and to demonstrate commitment to sustainable airport development,” says the website of Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc., a consulting firm that helped write the FAA’s regulatory guidance for solar power at airports.   Right now, airport operating costs are high, so high that the majority of airports lose money every year. A substantial portion of those costs come from energy use. In fact, the Airport Cooperative Research Program says airports are one of the largest public users of energy in the country. In terms of expenses, energy is often the second largest operating expense, exceeded only by personnel, according to the ACRP.   One way to reduce energy costs is simply to reduce electricity use, which is why many airports have taken to installing solar projects. That’s because when the initial cost of the installing the project is paid off, the airport essentially provides free electricity to itself, disregarding the cost of maintenance.   That scenario, however, is only possible if the airport decides that it would like to privately own the solar operation — something that does not happen widely in the United States due to the substantial cost involved. What happens far more often is that airport solar projects are owned by private companies, which unlike airports, are eligible for tax credits. The airport, in most cases, acts solely as the property owner.

PVinsights : Japanese solar power is on hold in October 2014, due to the gird connection pending.

Okinawa Electric Power Company from August 8, 2014, Kyushu Electric Power from September 25, and three shikoku power companies, Hokkaido Power, Tohoku Power from October 1, are pending the solar power grid connection procedure. Although it is five now, but there is also a view of "further expansion

A123 Sells Battery Materials Manufacturing Assets to Johnson Matthey

Transaction enables greater technology diversity in A123's product portfolio

Australian Conservation Foundation Goes Greener with the Enphase Microinverter System

High-tech solar system for iconic Green Building in Melbourne

Cleantech Group Unveils the 2014 Global Cleantech 100 List

Industry-leading analysis recognizes top private companies in clean technology

sPower and Camborne Capital Acquire First Solar PV Project in the UK

RGE Energy sells 7MWdc PV Project in South Wales to sPower and Camborne Capital

FuelCell Energy Awarded a Contract to Evaluate New Potential Applications for Direct FuelCell(R) Power Plants

A global energy company awarded the contract.

SPI 2014 - Sec. of Energy Ernest Moniz to Attend Solar Power International

Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Wednesday, Oct. 22

GameChange Post Ground System Passes Rigorous ETL/UL 2703 Testing

"GameChange is one of the few companies to pass the rigorous demands of the ETL/UL 2703 testing requirements."

HES PV TO Acquire Conergy'S distribution division IN CANADA

HES PV can now offer improved customer service for all distribution clients, faster delivery and lower freight costs for all customers in Canada. The acquisition allows Conergy to focus on project development/finance, EPC and O&M globall

WindSentinel floating LiDAR ordered by Eastern US energy company

The system will be used as part of a research and development project supporting offshore wind generation.

Sunfire GmbH is Named in the 2014 Global Cleantech 100

List Recognizes the Top Private Companies in Clean Technology

WeberHaus to use ASD solar storage systems

Leading prefabricated house manufacturer chooses ASD as its storage system supplie

SPI 2014 - S:FLEX Introduces a New Rail-less Mounting Solution for Standing Seam Metal Rooftops

Denver, October 7th 2014 – S:FLEX Inc., manufacturer of racking solutions for photovoltaic rooftop, ground mount and carport systems, is now offering a new Standing Seam Clamp to serve the growing demand for commercial standing seam metal rooftop projects.

Blue Pillar Launches Power Management Platforms To Enable IoT for the Energy Market

Portfolio expansion includes Aurora® Digital Energy Internet of Things and Avise Foresite™ Centralized Facility Management™ software platforms

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