Tucson, Ariz. (May 8, 2013) - Today, construction begins on project that will make Tucson International Airport (TIA) both cooler and greener. An approximately 18-foot-tall solar array over a large portion of the daily parking lot, plus vegetated "green walls" with live plants, will help create a cooling microclimate effect for parking customers.
Additional phases are planned, and this initial section will generate approximately one megawatt of power annually, which will be used to heat and cool the airport terminal.
The FAA awarded a grant to Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) to fund the majority of the project, with matching funds supplied by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and TAA. Local firm Barker Morrissey Contracting was selected to design and build the array. Arizona-based Kyocera Solar manufactured the solar modules.
Please note that during construction, which is expected to conclude in September, parkers are encouraged to allow extra time for parking and follow construction signage. Those parking at the airport may call ahead to 520-573-4710 and ask about availability of spaces.
Click here to access TAA's Green Report, which documents efforts over the past 30 years to enhance environmental sustainability.
Please see flytucson.com for ongoing updates and more information on parking impacts at TIA.