TIA breaks ground on massive solar project
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - With 350 days featuring some amount of sunshine, Tucson is a potential solar power mecca. One of the locations leading the way is Tucson International Airport, who on Tuesday, took a big step toward going green.
Representatives from TIA and the city broke ground on a 6.5 million dollar project designed to generate enough electricity to eventually power the airport's terminal. By the time the construction is done in September of 2013, nearly 5,000 solar panels will hang over the hourly parking lot and double as a sun shelter for parked cars.
Airport CEO Bonnie Allin told 9OYS "This will help the environment. It will take 18 tons of particulate pollutants out of the air every year."
Phase 1 of the project is expected to generate 1 megawatt of power which will power some of the terminal. The airport hopes to add more panels to generate 2.3 megawatts, enough to power the entire terminal.