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BWI unveils new energy saving solar panels

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) has unveiled a new solar energy project.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) has officially unveiled a new solar energy project.

Working in conjunction with Pepco Energy Services, the US airport has installed a 505 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the top level of BWI’s daily parking garage.

The solar installation, which is projected to have a lifespan of at least 20 years, is part of a $20.9 million package of measures designed to reduce energy usage and utility costs at the airport.

"By investing in smart, innovative solutions like this solar initiative, we are creating jobs and making real progress towards our goal of generating 20% of our state's energy needs from renewable sources by 2022,” enthuses Maryland state governor, Martin O'Malley.

The 505 kW solar project, installed on a canopy system on the top level of the BWI Marshall Daily Garage, is designed to produce over 600,000 kilowatt hours (KWh) of electricity each year.

The solar power generation equipment ties directly to BWI’s electrical distribution system and is designed to reliably produce energy for more than 20 years.

“This green project is another important, high-profile demonstration of our commitment to renewable energy and environmental stewardship,” said Paul Wiedefeld, executive director of BWI Marshall. 

“The solar project created both environmental and economic benefits for BWI Marshall.”

In 2010, BWI Marshall initiated a contract with Pepco Energy Services to develop a programme that would create significant energy and operational savings.

Beyond the solar project, other energy performance measures include the installation of comprehensive lighting improvements, water conservation measures, central utility plant improvements, and enhanced controllers on escalators and moving sidewalks.

It is expected that the infrastructure improvements and renewable technologies will help BWI Marshall to conserve energy, reduce environmental impact, and save money. 

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