At Alice Springs Airport, we invested $6.1 million in large scale photovoltaic solar technology feeding to its internal electricity grid – the first Australian airport to reap the benefits of investing in solar energy. By installing more than 3,500 solar panels, many on top of upgraded car parking facilities, we provided a renewable energy solution and more sheltered carparks. The airport now generates up to 100% of its daily energy needs from the sun. The Australian Airports Association recognised this solar project by awarding Alice Springs Airport the ‘Major Airport of the Year Award’ in 2014.
Similarly at Darwin International Airport, we funded a $13 million solar photovoltaic development. The 5.5-megawatt project is one of the largest systems in Australia. Upon completion, more than 20,000 solar panels will generate savings of approximately 35% of the airport’s total electricity cost.
When both projects are combined, more than 8,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum will be eliminated.
These are excellent examples of enhancing environmental outcomes, offsetting carbon emissions and delivering cost savings to increase the long-term value of the airport and improve the customer experience.