Airports

The roof of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, covered in solar panels, with Minneapolis in the background.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport now generates some of the energy it needs through rooftop solar panels, significantly reducing emissions for facility power.

Ameresco is breaking new ground in airport renewable energy and sustainability. We help airports develop sustainability master plans and comply with Voluntary Airport Low Emission Program rules with our innovative, high-impact energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.

Creating sustainable airports can seem daunting, but airports have significant advantages that can be harnessed to improve efficiency and lower overall emissions.

  • Large, open areas and buildings free of shade are ideal locations for major solar power systems. Airports may be able to generate 10% to 40% of their daily energy needs through emission-free solar power.
  • Older buildings at most airports in the United States are ideal candidates for deep energy retrofits that provide energy savings greater than 50% compared with pre-retrofit energy consumption. Potential improvements include updated weatherproofing, boiler and chiller upgrades, centralized energy management systems and lighting upgrades.
  • Parking garages and parking lots can be made drastically more efficient with LED area lighting, and provide opportunities to install carport solar canopies that extend shaded parking and generate energy. On-site transportation can be upgraded to zero-emission electric vehicles, partial zero hybrids or low emission natural gas. Electric vehicle charging stations for airport patrons, staff and visitors also help to reduce total emissions.
  • Heating and cooling systems can be made more efficient through the addition cogeneration technology, or by supplementing heating and cooling systems with geothermal technology.

Ameresco provides support for every aspect of airport sustainability.

  • Our proprietary metering and modeling solutions combine real-time and historic data to generate accurate projections that can be used to identify the most beneficial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
  • Our in-house team of engineers and project managers designs and builds custom solutions for each airport client. As an independent company, we are technology- and equipment-agnostic.

There are several ways to secure funding for sustainability improvements at airports. Through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), capital expenses are amortized across a fixed period and paid for with energy savings, resulting in no additional capital outlays. Through a power purchase agreement (PPA), Ameresco owns and operates renewable energy systems and sells the energy they produce to an airport at a fixed rate for a set number of years. Federal and State credits and incentives can also help to defray the costs of upgrades and new equipment.

There is no better time than today to start planning for airport sustainability, and Ameresco can provide the support and expertise needed through every phase of the process.

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Building a Renewable Airport

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Solar Panels + LED Lighting = Near-Zero Energy Consumption

Airport Improvement magazine looks at how solar panels and LED lighting combine to provide near-zero energy consumption at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's parking facilities.

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AWARDS

Environmental Initiative 2016 Sustainable Business Award

Minnesota Department of Transportation Technology and Innovation in Environmental Stewardship Award

City of Chicago Department of Aviation Airports Going Green Award

 

FEATURED CASE STUDIES

The city of Minneapolis on the horizon as seen from the solar array on top of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

It's Minnesota's largest solar energy project to date, and further efficiency will be gained with lighting enhancements.

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Elemendorf Air Force Base

A high-efficiency central plant powered by locally available natural gas delivered annual energy savings of more than 1 million MMBtu.

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Hill Air Force Base

More than $2 million in energy costs was saved over 5 years with a 2,250 kW landfill-gas-to-energy plant and efficiency improvements.

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Soar panels mounted on a building roof at Boston Logan Airport

Logan Airport

Custom mounts designed by Ameresco allowed solar panels to be installed on the roof of Terminal A that met safety requirements.

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