San Diego International Airport
Now Arriving: Solar power to provide clean, renewable energy
A solar energy solution is now part of the air travel experience at San Diego International Airport (SAN). The solar installation includes a 1.15 MW system atop the east and west portions of Terminal 2 West and a 2.16 MW carport system over the Terminal 2 parking lot. These PV installations are expected to generate enough electricity in their first year of operation to offset up to 13 percent of the power demands from Terminals 1-2. They'll also save up to $8 million in total energy costs over the 20-year agreement.
In 2008, SAN was the first major airport in the nation to adopt a formal sustainability policy, which includes a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving LEED certification in all new construction.