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Australian airports have the potential to generate enough solar energy to power a regional city

Airport solar has potential to power cities

Australian airports have the potential to generate enough solar energy to power a regional city, according to a new RMIT University study.

The study found that if large-scale rooftop solar systems were installed at Australia’s government-owned airports, they could produce enough electricity to power 136,000 homes.

Previous studies have deemed airports as great solar generators, but the RMIT research goes further by precisely modelling the use of large-scale systems.

The researchers compared electricity generated by residential solar panels in a regional city with the potential green energy production of 21 leased federal airports. They found that if large-scale solar panels were installed at the airports they would generate 10 times more electricity than the city’s 17,000 residential panels while offsetting 151.6 kilotons of greenhouse gases annually.

credits: Sustainability Matters

 

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