For Immediate Release

October 1, 2012
Contact: Ian Gregor
Phone: (310) 725-3580;

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a $5.7 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to build a solar farm that will provide power for Tucson International Airport in Arizona.

“This funding will help pay for energy-saving innovation at Tucson International Airport,” said Secretary LaHood. “Investing in sustainable infrastructure at our nation’s airports promotes economic growth and is good for the environment.”

The FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant will pay for the installation of solar panels on five acres of outdoor parking lot canopies to provide power for the airport’s use. The project will produce approximately 2,100 megawatt-hours of electrical energy annually, which is enough to power about 183 average U.S. homes for one year.

Construction is expected to begin in March 2013 and take about five months to complete.

“This project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality in the Tucson area,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “

AIP provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for airport improvement projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, capacity and environmental stewardship of our nation’s airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations and general aviation activities throughout the nation.