JFK International Airport’s renewable solar power project approved by PCS

New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the request to proceed with renewable solar power projects at John F Kennedy International Airport.

The Port Authority of New York, who will work in partnership with New York Power Authority (NYPA), made the request in hopes to help the airport and the PSC meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals.

The interim target is to lower GHG by 35% before 2025 and JFK Airport’s solar initiative predicts a carbon emissions reduction of 4,374 tons a year.

The Port Authority expects to develop the Community Solar project by entering into a lease agreement with a solar developer, which would construct a large solar array over a portion of JFK’s long-term parking lot.

The Community Solar developer would design, build, own, operate and maintain the system, and arrange for sale of the electricity to residents. Solar panels would be placed atop a canopy structure built over a portion of the parking area.

The Port Authority would enter a Power Purchase Agreement for the portion of the development intended for its use at JFK Airport.

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