20 September 2010 – Constellation Energy and Denver-based Oak Leaf Energy Partners have announced the development of a new 4.4 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at Denver International Airport (DIA).
 
Constellation Energy will finance, own and operate the solar installation and DIA will purchase the electricity produced by the system from Constellation over a 20-year period.
 
Intermountain Electric (IME) plans to begin construction of the project – believed to be the largest customer-sited solar PV installation in Colorado – in the autumn, with completion expected by early 2011.
 
This is the third large-scale solar project for DIA, with the airport having commissioned a 2 MW installation in 2008 and a 1.6 MW facility in early 2010, both installed and managed by Intermountain Electric.
 
Yingli Green Energy will supply the PV panels for the project.
 
The system is expected to supply approximately 7000 MWh of electricity to DIA each year, utilizing approximately 19,000 PV panels.
 
Generating the same amount of electricity that will be produced by the new solar installation using non-renewable sources would result in the release of more than 5000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, says Constellation.
 
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