Solar Photovoltaic System


In 2010, a new solar photovoltaic (PV) project was installed on the Sunport parking structure 4th level canopies. The project was largely funded by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) grant. This solar PV system has added an additional 440 kW and 2,016 panels to the existing 146 kW 480 panel system covering the eight western-most canopies of the parking structure.

In 2011, the Sunport was awarded another FAA VALE grant for the installation of an additional 411 kW solar PV system on the five remaining canopies of the Parking Structure.  The approximate one megawatt solar PV system located on the 4th level parking structure provides electric power to the structure during daylight hours and significantly reduce electric consumption and billing costs. The excess power is used in the terminal building.

In 2013, a new one megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system consisting of 4,060 solar PV panels and occupying approximately 191,000 square feet of space was installed over the Sunport long term parking lot.  The project was largely funded by a FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funding. The solar PV system provides electric power to the Sunport terminal building.

Maintenance technicians have also completed the Photovoltaic Academy offered by CNM Workforce Training Center. Electricians will now be able to obtain a NABCEP licensee (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) a nationally recognized standard. This training complements our solar array & solar chiller installations.

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