Canadian Solar Inc. announced the completion of the new system on the airport’s new 3,350-space, seven-story rental car center and public parking garage and commented that its environmental impact is the equivalent of removing 235 passenger vehicles from the road, or the amount of carbon that 6,422 trees would sequester annually.
The new 1.12 MW installation is part of the SJC Terminal Area Improvement Program; a comprehensive $1.3 billion initiative to modernize and replace the airport’s terminal facilities. The installation has a projected annual output of 1,713,000 kWh, which is expected to provide enough power to offset at least 20 percent of the facility’s total electrical power needs.
"San Jose is leading the way for sustainable design and operations of airports across the nation," commented Bill Sherry, SJC director of aviation. "We know that our community, airlines, tenants and passengers all want us to be the most cost-efficient and energy-efficient airport as possible, and this solar installation is a significant step toward achieving that goal."
Consisting of 4,680 Canadian Solar CS5P monocrystalline modules, the solar array spans 3.4 acres across the garage roof. It is the largest municipal solar array in San Jose to date and one of the largest airport solar electric installations in the United States and will enable SJC to curtail the release of 1,284 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Mike Miskovsky, U.S. general manager of Canadian Solar, Inc., added: "This showcase installation partners two leaders in solar energy adoption, SJC and Canadian Solar.
We are proud that our power-efficient, high-quality modules were selected for this important installation, as part of the airport’s modernization program. This is our latest win as we work to expand our business across the U.S. from headquarters in nearby San Ramon."