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.
Construction of the solar farm is expected to be completed by end-September, and be operational in January 2021.
The solar installation will generate 17GWh of electricity per annum, equal to nearly 15 per cent of the airportâ€™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 airportâ€™s carbon footprint.
She added: “With the airportâ€™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.”