Chattanooga Airport: First to attain completely sustainability milestone
The Chattanooga Airport, alongside elected officials, TVA, EPB, and community leaders, celebrated completion of the ultimate phase of its solar farm recently, located along Jubilee Drive. The two 2.64-megawatt solar farm generates renewable energy, that is sold through partnership with EPB and TVA. The charged power generated is add up to the airport’s total energy needs. The Chattanooga Airport may be the only airport in the country to do this renewable energy goal.
“It is a momentous day for the Chattanooga Airport once we complete our solar farm and achieve a significant sustainability milestone,” said Terry Hart, cEO and president of the Chattanooga Airport. “This project has immediate advantages to our community and airport, and we’re proud to create a good example in renewable energy for other airports, businesses and our region. While generating an area renewable resource, we have been increasing the economic efficiency of the airport also.”
Project partners and elected leaders gathered at Wilson Air Center close to the solar farm to celebrate the grand opening of the installation. EPB and tva both contributed to the airport’s efforts to create the solar farm online.
“Renewable energy is really a tremendous asset with regards to environmental and economic benefits,” said Doug Perry, TVA vice president of Commercial Energy Solutions. “With an increase of than 50 percent of our generating portfolio carbon-free, we’re excited to greatly help the airport protect the surroundings because they drive commerce and tourism, both crucial to achieving our shared mission of economic prosperity for the community.”
TVA provided tech support team to guarantee the solar farm complied with national standards and codes.
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“EPB’s partnership with TVA and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority exemplifies our commitment to providing top quality, future-ready energy solutions,” said David Wade, EPB leader president and officer. “We have been proud to collaborate in efforts to determine new sustainable power assets for the community.”
The Chattanooga Airport’s 2.64-megawatt solar installation was permitted by Federal Aviation Administration funding, voluntary Airport Low Emission and Energy Efficiency grants specifically. During today’s celebration, Airport Authority Chairman Dan Jacobson spoke with respect to the board of commissioners, which were a driving force in completion of the solar farm.
“The solar farm is really a historic achievement that puts Chattanooga on the map just as before for at the forefront on green initiatives,” said Jacobson. “We have been proud to be at the helm of sustainability efforts, which will make our region and airport appealing to companies aligned with this mission, who wish to conduct business here also.”
The installation complements other sustainability projects at the airport, including its multiple LEED certified facilities, stormwater system, green infrastructure and electric car charging stations.
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