Spanish airline installs solar plant to power service facilities

The new project is expected to generate enough power to supply 800 homes and eliminate 32,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions during its lifetime

The Spanish airline Iberia has announced plans to install solar panels on its 20,000-square metre aircraft engine maintenance facilities at Madrid airport in a bid to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

The project is expected to generate 80 million KW/h to supply the company’s hangars, workshops and offices – that is estimated to be equivalent to powering 800 homes.

The plant, which consists of more than 5,300 solar panels, is in line with the airline’s strategy to reduce the carbon footprint of its activities and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Guests at the facility will be able to see a display, which would show real-time the energy output of the facility.

The firm says the project, which is scheduled to be built in the final quarter of this year, is the first energy efficiency programme to be implemented and is part of the EU’s Green New Deal approved at the end of 2019.

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