Newcastle International Airport is looking into building a solar farm on its premises.
If approved, it will be built between 2022 and 2035 in four phases and have a total capacity of up to 16MW. The airport has set an aim for the farm to provide 100% of its electricity requirements and will also build battery units to store excess energy.
This follows its pledge to achieve net zero by 2035 and its purchase of a brand new fleet of ground electric vehicles (EVs).
The airport successfully bid for funding from the England European Regional Development Fund.
Nick Jones, Chief Executive, commented: “We are committed to being a good neighbour as well as a responsible organisation and despite a very challenging last 18 months, our plan to become a net zero emissions airport by 2035 remains a priority.
“The solar farm project is a key part of our net zero strategy, allowing us to generate our own renewable energy and contribute to the government’s net zero objectives and the city of Newcastle’s carbon net zero 2030 strategy.”