Farnborough Airport embarks on one of the largest solar installations in the South East

Farnborough Airport has today announced plans to  embark on one of the largest light-weight solar installations in the South East, enabling the Airport to generate 25% of its own power.

The innovative and extensive plans will see solar panels mounted on Farnborough Airport’s iconic curved hangar roofs, as well as its state-of-the-art terminal building, the Airport’s control tower, its Ground Support Facility building, and its award winning 169 room hotel, the Aviator Hampshire.

The installation will also enable the Airport’s operational fleet of electric vehicles to be charged using self-generated electricity.

Simon Geere, Farnborough Airport’s CEO explains, “In our efforts to be a sustainability showcase for airports around the world, we are always looking for new ways to supply and create sustainable energy sources – the new solar installation will enable us to reduce our controllable emissions as set out in our Net Zero Roadmap, in which we have committed to be Net Zero by 2030 or sooner.”

The installation also aligns with a recent government bill, which encourages more rooftop solar, opposed to solar on agricultural land.

The installation, construction of which is to start in 2023, will be carried out by solar power generation providers Solivus.

Solivus are at the forefront of new-innovation light-weight solar installations.

40% of large buildings like aircraft hangers are unable to take the weight of conventional solar and Farnborough embraced this decarbonisation opportunity.

Jo Parker Swift, Chief Executive Officer commented: “At Solivus, we are on a mission to simplify the decarbonisation of the built environment, so we are proud to be working alongside a business who have likeminded goals.”

The solar installation plans follow a series of successful milestones in recent years at the Airport. In 2018, Farnborough Airport was the first business aviation airport to achieve Carbon Neutral 3+ status.