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Project Will Outfit Long-Term Surface Lot With Solar Arrays and Shade Canopies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Today Senator Jeff Bingaman and Mayor Richard J. Berry announced the Albuquerque International Sunport has been awarded a third grant for a solar project from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The $3.3 million grant will provide additional photovoltaic solar arrays and canopies which will cover the long-term surface parking lot.

"The Sunport continues to be at the forefront of sustainability efforts for the city of Albuquerque and has made tremendous strides in operating more efficiently and saving money," Mayor Berry said.  "I would like to thank our congressional delegation, Senators Bingaman and Udall and Representative Heinrich, for their continued support in securing funding for alternative energy sources."

When the project is complete next year, the Sunport will have multiple solar arrays capable of producing nearly two megawatts of power.  The amount of energy produced will save nearly $400,000 in annual electricity costs for the Sunport.  The Sunport was previously awarded two grants, in the amount of $4.2 million, which provided for 11 solar arrays on the Sunport parking structure.

The Albuquerque International Sunport is a world-renowned, full-service facility that welcomes nearly six million travelers per year.  We are committed to providing a safe and passenger-friendly facility that is capable of meeting the current and future travel needs of visitors and New Mexicans alike.  The Sunport is owned by the City of Albuquerque and operated by the Aviation Department. For information, please visit our web site at www.cabq.gov/airport or call (505) 244-7700.


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