3-MW solar project completed at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport

A 3-MW solar installation is now complete on the top deck of two Terminal 1-Lindbergh parking structures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), making it Minnesota’s largest solar generation site.

It is estimated that the installation will generate close to 20% of the airport’s total peak power capacity. Ameresco Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, developed the solar infrastructure and a companion LED lighting upgrade. Ameresco also will maintain and operate the system on behalf of the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

“The Metropolitan Airports Commission has worked for decades to operate Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as sustainably as possible, investing millions in infrastructure to reduce impacts to soil, water and air quality, and spending nearly a half-billion dollars on noise mitigation around MSP,” said Jeff Hamiel, the commission’s executive director and CEO, in a Dec. 3 statement. “This solar project is a major step forward in use of renewable energy at MSP International Airport.”

“Together we celebrate a major step forward in renewable innovation in the state of Minnesota—today the largest solar site in the state to date is now operational,” said George P. Sakellaris, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ameresco.

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), also a key contributor, provided a $2.1 million grant from its renewable development fund.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Metropolitan Airport Commission on its ambitious solar initiative,” said Xcel Energy Regional President Chris Clark. “As a first and last stop for travelers, the airport’s visibility showcases Minnesota’s commitment to increasing renewable energy use and improving the environment.”

Founded in 2000, Ameresco (NYSE: AMRC) is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe. Ameresco’s sustainability services include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, MA, Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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