Largest Solar Energy Project in New York Coming to JFK Airport

The largest solar energy project in New York has been awarded to SunPower Corporation and Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Group. The project will be installed at the John F. Kennedy Airport.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) announced that the 13-megawatt system would include 7.5 megawatts of battery storage. The system was developed together with the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

How It Benefits Surrounding Airport Communities

The plant also has a 6.1 megawatts community solar facility to assist the nearby airport communities in accessing clean energy at discounted rates. The rest of the generated solar energy will be used onsite at JFK Airport, setting off the Port Authority’s purchase of traditional power from the grid. The solar energy project is also considered the largest planned community solar venture at an airport in the United States.

A report on the International Airport Review website stated that the project will contribute to PANYNJ’s sustainability goals.

PANYNJ Chairman Kevin O’Toole said, “As the first transportation agency in the country to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement, the Port Authority is committed to integrating clean energy technology at all of its facilities. The Port Authority is excited to be part of this collaborative effort bringing together community stakeholders, government and private business to advance our regional sustainability goals.”

About the Solar Energy Project

The solar energy project will include 1.1 megawatts of rooftop photovoltaic installed on Building 141 and over 13 megawatts of solar and approximately 7.5 megawatts of energy storage on Long Term Parking Lot 9. These installations will help to reduce the Port Authority’s greenhouse gas emissions at the JFK Airport by around 10 percent.

The renewable energy program at JFK Airport has a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent by the year 2025. The installation is also part of PANYNJ’s efforts to implement solar and other renewable energy sources to its power operations.

Christine Weydig, the Director of Environmental and Energy Programmes at PANYNJ expressed her belief on how the project could help the city achieve its clean energy goals. Weydig said, “the Port Authority and NYPA, working with the Public Service Commission, are leading the way in constructing and enabling solar development in New York. With this record-setting system, our neighbors at JFK will have access to local, renewable energy and the Port Authority will advance its greenhouse gas reduction objectives.”

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