JFK moves forward with largest NYC solar installation - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Commercial, Distributed Generation, Solar  -  November 20, 2019

JFK moves forward with largest NYC solar installation

Development of New York City’s largest solar project is underway at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where a 13 MW solar installation will allow multiple surrounding communities to access clean power at reduced rates.

The New York Port Authority announced Nov. 18 that the project has been awarded to SunPower Corporation and Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Group.

In addition to being the largest solar project in New York City, the project is also the largest planned community solar project at an airport in the United States. The on-site solar array will also generate approximately 7.5 MW of battery storage, including a 6.1 MW community solar generation facility.

“This innovative solar development at JFK is on a scale unprecedented in New York City, not to mention nationwide,” NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said in a statement. “NYPA is proud to be a partner in such a trailblazing project that will help JFK significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while supporting Governor Cuomo’s green energy goals. The fact that the installation will also provide affordable renewable energy to the local community makes this a sustainable good-neighbor project worthy of replication by other facilities.”

Developers of the project will be installing approximately 1 MW of rooftop solar on Building 141 and more than 13 MW of rooftop solar with 7.5 MW of energy storage on the Long Term Parking Lot 9.

The facility is expected to reduce the airport’s emissions by approximately 10%, or 6,699 tons, annually. This project will help facilitate the Port Authority’s goal to reduce emissions by 35% by 2025 and 80% by 2025.

Small businesses and residents near the airport will have the opportunity to purchase renewable energy at discounted prices.

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