Solar power brings energy to Quad Cities International Airport

Posted: May 1, 2021/06: 57 PM CDT / Updated: May 1, 2021/06: 57 PM CDT

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Solar power comes from Quad Cities International Airport.

Solar panels attached to the roof of the terminal and a new carport structure will provide a clean and renewable energy source for the airport, and an option of covered parking for nearly 200 places in the short-term lot, says a news release .

Two additional charging stations for electric vehicles will be added to the existing three once the project is completed.

Only 20% of U.S. public airports are using solar power, says a news release.

“We are fortunate to have this opportunity to bring a clean source of energy at the airport to impact the brand that airports create,” said Benjamin Leischner, A.A.E., executive director. “The bonus will be able to offer additional comfort to our passengers. I can’t tell you how many cars our public safety team digs each year. Now, travelers will have the option to park under a covered structure so they don’t have to scrape the ice or dig after a winter storm when they are tired and just want to get home. “

WCP Financials, LLC d / b / a / Solar USA has been contracted to design and build a carport and roof-mounted solar system. This grid-connected distributed generation system will generate enough energy to make up for more than 50% of current airport use. The airport anticipates saving millions of dollars in energy costs over the life of the system.

The falsified Energy Purchase Agreement between QC Airport and WCP Financials, LLC d / b / a / Solar USA was made possible through federal and state renewable energy incentives that subsidize a portion of the cost to install the solar system, says the release. Solar USA funded 100% of the system cost, and QC Airport agreed to purchase 100% of the renewable energy the solar system generates at a discounted kW-h power rate.

WCP Financials, LLC d / b / a Solar USA as the owner / developer and financier of the project will oversee all phases of the construction process and is committed to hiring local contractors to secure local employment.

Solar USA has committed professional services to WCP Solar Services, LLC, Moxie Solar, Inc., General Constructors Inc., and Davenport Electric Contract Company. More than 50 local employees will have worked on this solar project upon completion.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2021.