Passengers flying in and out of Boston Logan International Airporttake note: you are passing through one of the most energy-efficientairports in the United States.
Logan Airport is now using a 200 kW solar energy system which isexpected to save roughly 3,500 barrels of oil each year. The 1,000solar panels offset 5 percent of the total energy use of the Terminal Bgarage where they’re installed on structural steel “trees”. The sameTerminal B garage is also the first airport garage to be lit by LEDbulbs. To see real-time how many kilowatt-hours of solar power the array is generating, check out the installer Broadway Electric’s real-timetracking system. And according to Boston’s local Channel 7 news,Logan installed last month the “largest solar panel of any publicbuilding in Massachusetts”–when we figure out exactly how bigthis solar panel is, we’ll be sure to let you know…
The upgrades are part of more than $1 billion in spending that Massport, the airport’s operatingauthority, has allocated for some 379 projects as part of the facility’s 2010-2014 capital improvement plan. The budget places strong emphasison energy conservation, green building and renewable energy:
Massport’s capital plan also includes investments thatpromote sustainability and a cleaner environment. The Terminal B Garageproject includes the installation of photovoltaic solar panels on thegarage roof and the replacement of existing lighting with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights in the garage, roadway and walkway. The Consolidated Rental Car Facility will be designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification standards by the GreenBuilding Council. Improvements to the Civil Air Terminal building atL.G. Hanscom Field will also include a 57,000 kilowatt hour per yearsolar array.
The airport is also equipped with 20 wind turbines that make the most of the facility’s up-drafted air. Logan International’s solar trendsetting ways are no coincidence, as Massachusetts has been targeting public facilities to implement renewable energy strategies.
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