Melbourne Airport is set to open Australia’s largest behind-the-meter solar installation that will produce enough renewable energy to power all four passenger terminals.
The solar installation will generate 17GWh of electricity per annum, equal to nearly 15 per cent of the airport’s annual electricity consumption.
Melbourne Airport chief of landside access, utilities and facilities group, Lorie Argus, said the investment in renewable energy will reduce the airport’s carbon footprint.
She added: “With the airport’s electricity demand expected to grow, the construction of our solar farm makes sense for several reasons. The project is expected to deliver significant annualised energy cost savings, a timely benefit with the impacts of Covid-19 wreaking havoc on the aviation industry.”
Glen Thomson, general manager of Beon Energy Solutions, which is working with Melbourne Airport on the project, said: “The airport location brings with it some unique complexities and challenges, which utilises our collective strengths.”
Construction of the solar farm is expected to be completed by end-September, and be operational in January 2021.