Sunport Phase III

  • Albuquerque, NM

Additional Details

  • 411.25 kW System
  • 1750 x Schott Poly 235W
  • 1 x SatCon PowerGate Plus 375kW Inverter
  • Schletter Standard Flush Mounted System
  • Web Based Monitoring (DECK)

On May 29, 2012, Mayor Richard J. Berry and representatives from Affordable Solar, PNM, and the Albuquerque International Sunport officially “flipped the switch” on the last photovoltaic solar array on the Sunport’s parking structure. This final phase of the project consists of five arrays that will provide power directly to the terminal building. The eight existing arrays currently provide power to the parking structure itself and since 2009, have reduced the energy bill for the structure by 75%.

Affordable Solar worked with PNM and the Sunport during the planning phase to provide the maximum investment in solar and assure a safe connection to the grid.

The Sunport was the first airport in the nation to receive a VALE grant for an on-site solar project. The first grant was in the amount of $2.4 million and provided for six solar arrays. Traditionally, VALE monies were only awarded for vehicles and projects that would directly reduce emissions at a facility. The city made the successful case that a photovoltaic array would reduce emissions not only at the facility, but on a regional scale by reducing electricity needs that come from coal-powered sources.

  • Funded in large-part by a $1.8 million VALE grant
  • Completes the full project consisting of 13 solar arrays
  • Capable of producing nearly one megawatt of power
  • Amount of energy produced will save in excess of $300,000 in annual electricity costs for the Sunport