Sunport gets third solar grant

Sep 25, 2012

Albuquerque's Sunport is getting a third federal grant to expand its solar efforts.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Mayor Richard Berry say the international airport is getting a $3.3 million grant from the FAA to install more photovoltaic solar arrays and canopies over the long-term parking lot.

When the project is complete next year, Sunport's multiple solar arrays will be able to produce nearly two megawatts of power, which will save the city nearly $400,000 in annual electricity costs.

Sunport already has 11 solar arrays that were installed thanks to two previous grants worth $4.2 million.