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US: New York's JFK Airport parking lot to double as huge solar park

Added 2024-04-25

Description

By 2026, a solar array system with battery storage will cover 21 acres (8.5 hectares) of the parking lot while maintaining the 3,000 space car park beneath. Of the 12 MW produced annually half will power JFK's airtrain and half will help offset electricity costs for low-income households near the airport, in Queens. Of course it would be more ecological if public transport infrastructure allowed everyone to reach the airport without their private cars while some would point out that the whole idea of a green(er) airport has more to do with greenwashing/offsetting the "unavoidable" flight emissions. But as the widespread adoption of electric-hydrogen commercial aircraft will probably take several decades, "solar airports and car parks" along with flying less are options to be considered.

Location

United States
JFK Airport