Denver International Airport. Artist
rendering of solar arrays to be built by WorldWater
& Solar Technologies Corp.
A 2-megawatt solar-energy system coming to Denver
International Airport in mid-2008 will generate 3.5
million kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually -
roughly half the power needed to run the airport's train
It will be among the largest airport solar-panel
systems in the country and will reduce carbon emissions
by more than 5 million pounds each year, according to
MMA Renewable Ventures and WorldWater & Solar
Technologies, the companies behind the project.
MMA will finance and operate the WorldWater-built
system and sell power to DIA under a 25-year, $10.9
million contract. The city will likely exercise an
option to buy the system after five years for $8.1
million, DIA spokesman Chuck Cannon said.
The ground-mounted system, which comes with a 25-year
warranty, will be located on 7.5 acres at the main
terminal entrance. It will be a tracking system, which
means the roughly 9,800 solar panels will follow the
sun's movement for maximum power generation. The project
will receive a $200,000 cash rebate as part of the Xcel
Energy Solar Rewards program.