London airport installs 496 solar panels!

London Southend Airport has had the biggest UK airport solar panel installation. 496 solar panels have been fitted as part of a £10million terminal extension scheme.

The solar panels have been installed on the terminal’s curved tunnel-shaped roofs to provide the airport with clean solar electricity for years to come through its private electricity network.

Photon Energy installed the system with the panels being supplied by Conergy. The panels are anticipated to help the airport accomplish a BREEAM very good environmental assessment rating, additionally, saving 1,000 tonnes of carbon emissions during the next 20 years.

The Operations Director at London Southend Airport, David Lister, said:

“We are delighted to add the provision of clean solar electricity to a range of ‘green’ initiatives we’ve introduced as the terminal has developed.

“Environmentally-friendly initiatives are very important to us and the whole building has been designed to incorporate a number of them, including sustainable drainage, specialist coating to improve insulation, extensive glazing to enhance natural lighting and slow start escalators.”

Airports are considered to be good sights for solar installations as they have a lot of roof space and substantial daytime electricity consumption.

In addition, distribution centres across the UK have also been addressed as ideal spots for solar panels by groups like, Marks & Spencer and Ikea.

Photon Energy’s Managing Director, Jonathan Bates, explained:

“Solar is Britain’s favourite renewable energy and it’s great Southend Airport has shown its commitment to self-generation.

“Airport terminals are great places for solar as they have a lot of roof space and large daytime electricity consumption.

“You can’t necessarily see the panels from the ground, but millions of people will get a bird’s eye view of them as they take off or come in to land.”


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