Evansville airport placing solar panels atop parking areas

By The Associated Press

EVANSVILLE — The Evansville Regional Airport is building canopies over hundreds of parking spaces that will be covered with electricity-generating solar panels.

Officials say the canopies will hold nearly 4,000 solar panels that are expected to generate enough power to meet about half the passenger terminal's electricity use.

Airport director Nate Hahn says the solar project follows steps to add LED lighting, increase recycling and improve heating and air conditioning efficiency. The airport anticipates the $6.5 million project will pay for itself in electricity savings over the next several years.

The canopy will cover about 400 spaces in the airport's short-term and rental car parking lots. Officials expect work on the canopy and the solar panels will be finished by the end of February.

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