Solar power catches on at airports

Monday 15th December 2008

A hangar at Bob Hope Airport in California has followed the example of other airports by building solar panels in order to ease energy costs.

The rooftop of the $17 million Hangar 25 which is operated by charter flight operator Avjet, has enough solar panels to power lights, forklifts and tow vehicles.

San Fransisco Airport has already invested $5.5 million on the construction of solar arrays on its buildings which can generate enough power to run the entire airport during the daylight hours.

Sales for photovoltaic cells which convert the sun's energy into electricity have increased dramatically since 2002 and more and more airports are opting for the greener option in the face of rising energy costs.

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