Denver Airport Begins Construction on Massive Solar Panel Project

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Robison Wells

The Denver International Airport, which has a sincere commitment to sustainability, will begin constructing two large solar panel farms on airport property. Designers estimate that the solar farm will generate enough energy to power 6,000 Denver homes year-round.

Builders expect to begin construction of the two solar panel arrays in the first quarter of 2022. Construction of another array starts in the third quarter of the year.

“DEN has long been at the forefront of developing on-airport solar projects, having installed its first solar array in 2008,” Senior Vice President of Sustainability Scott Morrissey said. “After the two new systems are energized, the airport will have solar panels spread across over 140 acres of land, making DEN one of the largest hosts of solar energy at any airport in the world. Additionally, DEN will increase its total solar energy generation capacity to 34 megawatts and will more than double the amount of solar energy hosted at DEN.”

The airport and partner, Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, will purchase the energy over a long-term lease. Designers expect the panels to save the airport $3 million a year for the next 25 years.

“Sustainability is one of the guiding principles in our Vision 100 plan, which will help prepare the airport for 100 million passengers in approximately ten years,” airport CEO Phil Washington said. “These additional solar projects will help us improve the sustainability of our energy supply while helping us reach our goal of becoming one of the greenest airports in the world.”

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