Birmingham Airport renewable energy project sees results

An investment in solar power by Birmingham Airport to provide renewable energy and reduce its dependency on mains power has already seen results, it has claimed.

As part of the project, the airport worked in partnership with energy giant npower and solar experts Photon Energy to install 200 50kwp solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of its terminal. It is thought the panels will generate 40,000 kWh of energy each year – equating to a saving of 22 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the period.

Birmingham Airport chief executive officer Paul Kehoe said that the Airport has already seen a reduction in energy, following installation of the panels in December, which has so far generated a CO2 saving of 1778.65kg .

He said: “It’s exciting for the Airport to present such a visible commitment to energy reduction. Managing our greenhouse gas emissions is a high priority for the company and we’re always seeking new opportunities to work with partners to reduce our carbon footprint.”

This is the airport’s first renewable energy and zero carbon installation and forms part of a wider project to improve its energy management and reduce its carbon footprint.

npower development manager Graham Ryott, added: “Birmingham Airport is committed to a sustainable future so installing solar PV as a way of generating energy is fundamental to its ongoing programme in reducing its environmental impact.”

Carys Matthews

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