Birmingham Airport to get solar panels, to save 22 tonnes CO2 per year – compared to the 900,000 tonnes CO2 the airport is responsible for each year
Birmingham Airport is getting some solar panels on its terminal roof, so will be emitting a tiny bit less carbon for its electricity generation. The 200 solar PV panels will perhaps save some 22 tonnes of CO2 per year, while perhaps generating some 40,000 kWh per year. Paul Kehoe says “…Managing our greenhouse gas emissions is a high priority for the company and we’re always seeking new opportunities to work with partners to reduce our carbon footprint.” So let’s put the CO2 savings into context. Planes using Birmingham airport in 2010 were responsible for about 0.9 million (= 900,000) tonnes of CO2. The DfT’s forecasts for passengers and carbon emissions by flights using the airport put Birmingham, on its lowest forecasts, as emitting 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030, or emitting 4.3 million tonnes of CO2 on its central forecast. (see below). So the 20 tonnes is lovely, but putting out publicity about this being significantly green is disingenuous.
npower installs solar power at Birmingham Airport
npower will help Birmingham Airport to save 22 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year with the installation of 200 solar panels on the roof of its terminal. The 1.6m x 1m panels will generate 40,000 kWh a year; sufficient to power 12 average sized houses.
The Airport has worked in partnership with npower to install the 50kpw solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to provide renewable green energy on-site as it reduces its dependency on mains power electricity.
This is the first renewable energy and zero carbon installation on the Airport site and is part of a wider project to improve its energy management and reduce its carbon footprint.
The solar PV panels capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells, which then convert the sunlight into electricity and even on cloudy days can still produce some electricity, making it incredibly efficient. The system also generates no greenhouse gases, helping the Airport reduce its carbon footprint.
Paul Kehoe, the Airport’s CEO, said: “It’s exciting for the Airport to present such a visible commitment to energy reduction. Managing our greenhouse gas emissions is a high priority for the company and we’re always seeking new opportunities to work with partners to reduce our carbon footprint.”
As a leading provider of solar PV in the UK for commercial properties, npower was selected to carry out the installation in partnership with Photon Energy. From initial meetings in October, npower was able to complete full site surveys, detailed designs, installation and commissioning in just over six weeks, ensuring the Airport could immediately benefit from the green energy. As a result, there has already been a reduction in energy consumption since the panels were installed in December.
Graham Ryott, Development Manager at npower, added: “Birmingham Airport is committed to a sustainable future so installing solar PV as a way of generating energy is fundamental to its on-going programme in reducing its environmental impact. As one of the busiest Airports in the country, Birmingham is understandably a large energy user but supplementing its energy use with on-site generation is a positive step for the site’s future and npower is delighted to be involved.”
An added incentive of solar PV is the Government’s Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs), which provide payment to the companies for every unit of electricity generated by solar PV panels.*
For more information about Birmingham Airport and its environmental programmes, please visit www.birminghamairport.co.uk.
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Notes to Editors:
* The current levels of FITs are applicable for installations that are completed and registered by March 2012. A 21p rate will come into effect from April 2012 for solar PV installations which become eligible for FITs on or after 3 March. For further information please visit www.decc.gov.uk
Birmingham Airport is a public/private partnership. The current shareholders include the seven West Midlands district councils (49%), Airport Group Investments Ltd. (AGIL), a limited company owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’) and Australia’s Victorian Funds Management Corp. (VFMC)(48.25%) and the Employee Share Trust (2.75%).
Birmingham Airport is the UK’s third largest airport outside London, and the UK’s seventh largest overall, handling some nine million passengers a year.
Birmingham currently serves 143 direct scheduled & charter routes and offers an additional 279 possible connections worldwide. This gives passengers a choice of 422 direct or one-stop flights.
Find out more about Birmingham Airport at www.birminghamairport.co.uk or on Twitter at bhx_official.
npower is one of the UK’s largest electricity suppliers and has 6.6 million customer accounts across the UK.
npower has been awarded platinum status in Business in the Community’s CR Index and is one of twenty-nine companies to have achieved the CommunityMark since its launch. All CommunityMark achievers have been recognised for demonstrating excellence in their holistic and strategic approach to community investment.
Carbon emissions from Birmingham Airport flights
Figures for the carbon emissions of Birmingham Airport are given on page 162 and 163 of the DfT air passenger and emissions forecasts, produced in August 2011 at http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/uk-aviation-forecasts-2011/uk-aviation-forecasts.pdf
Birmingham Airport goes solar
6.2.2012 (Birmingham Post)
Birmingham Airport says it will save 22 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year with the installation of 200 solar panels on the roof of its terminal.
The panels, which were fitted in December, will generate 40,000 kWh of energy a year, sufficient to power 12 average sized houses, the airport said.
The installation was done in just over six months by energy company Npower and Reading-based Photon Energy.
The 50kpw solar photovoltaic (PV) system captures the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells which convert the sunlight into electricity to provide renewable green energy on-site as the airport reduces its dependency on mains power electricity.
Paul Kehoe, the Airport’s CEO, said: “Managing our greenhouse gas emissions is a high priority for the company and we’re always seeking new opportunities to work with partners to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Graham Ryott, development manager at Npower, added: “Birmingham is understandably a large energy user but supplementing its energy use with on-site generation is a positive step for the site’s future.
“An added incentive of solar PV is the Government’s Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs), which provides payment to companies for every unit of electricity generated by solar PV panels.”
This is the first renewable energy and zero carbon installation on the airport site and is part of a wider project to improve its energy management.