October 13, 2020 12:51
Planning & Development
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 13, 2020
Evansville, Ind. – Evansville Regional Airport hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially commemorate the completion of its new eco-friendly, state-of-the-art solar covered parking canopy project at the airport on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D., Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Vanderburgh County Commissioner Ben Shoulders were among the elected officials who attended the milestone event.
EVV’s solar covered airport-parking installation is projected to supply one-half of the terminal building’s power and is currently the largest of its kind in the Midwest and second largest in the U.S., generating 1.3 megawatts of power and covering nearly 400 parking spaces.
“With the creation of EVV’s new solar covered parking lot, we continue to exemplify our commitment to our passengers, our planet and the long-term viability of the airport,” said Nate Hahn, EVV Executive Director. “This solar installation has allowed us to add another highly sought passenger amenity that is environmentally sustainable, cutting-edge and cost-effective, which helps to ensure a bright future for Evansville Regional Airport, while also providing a beautiful, innovative front door to the community.”
The 3,768 solar panels span across more than 62,000 square feet of covered parking in EVV’s short-term and rental car lots, offering weather protection for 387 total airport customer vehicles.
Only 70 airports out 3,600 airports nationwide have completed solar facilities of any kind, and EVV is only the fifth airport in the country with solar canopies.
“Evansville Regional Airport is truly leading by example with the addition of iconic solar canopies that use our most precious abundant resource – the sun,” said Kurt Schneider, Partner at Johnson Melloh Solutions. “The amount of power from the sun that strikes the earth in a single hour is more than the entire world consumes in a year. EVV, as a sustainable and innovative airport, is tapping into that, and we were honored to help them design and build the solar structures into fruition.”
The total investment for the new solar canopy installation was approximately $6.5 million, with the airport realizing a carbon footprint reduction, energy savings and a nearly $9 million financial impact over the next 20 years, aiding in EVV’s ability to remain competitive and investing in additional sustainable passenger amenities.
To learn more about EVV’s new solar covered parking project and its other green initiatives, visit www.FlyEVV.com/EVVForward.
About Evansville Regional Airport
Evansville Regional Airport offers competitive-priced connectivity to hundreds of domestic and international destinations with frequent daily flights to five top-rated, major hub cities - Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Detroit, as well as low-cost, nonstop flights to Destin and Orlando, Florida. Served by Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta and United, EVV is an easy, affordable and welcoming gateway to and from southwest Indiana, western Kentucky and southeast Illinois.