A new solar farm, anticipated to provide more than a third of the electrical needs of Sacramento International Airport
, is expected to be operational by the end of the year.
Airport staff is working on final permits, inspections, and other finishing touches. Once online, the facility will be capable of producing nearly eight megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1,600 homes.
The solar farm consists of a photovoltaic system located on two sites on otherwise unused airport property. The facility will use more than 23,000 solar panels mounted on equipment that tracks the sun’s path from east to west over the course of the day, maximizing efficiency and energy production.
Energy company NRG owns and operates the airport solar facility and will sell electricity to Sacramento International Airport at below-market rates under a Power Purchase Agreement. Projected cost savings from the project are an average of $850,000 a year over the 25-year term of the agreement.
“This is an exciting development for the Sacramento International Airport. By partnering with a private company, we will have a source of clean, renewable energy that will save us money and further our commitment to sustainable practices,” said John Wheat, Director of Airports for the Sacramento County Department of Airports. “It’s truly a win-win scenario.”
Sacramento International Airport will have a grand opening at a date to be named later.
The Sacramento County Department of Airport is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. Sacramento International Airport (SMF) offers more than 150 daily nonstop flights on 10 domestic and international carriers to 30 cities. The regional economic impact of the Sacramento County airport system is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit http://www.smf.aero