Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
SOLAR POWER COMES TO THE COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN AIRPORT
Pictured left to right: Michael Gibson, Vice President of Con Edison Solutions; Keller Kissam, President of Retail Operations for SCE&G; State Representative James E. Smith Jr.; Dan Mann, Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport; and James Compton, Board Chair of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
Con Edison Solutions joins airport executives to launch first solar array at a South Carolina airfield
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – Con Edison Solutions (CES) – one of America’s leading energy services companies – joined with the Columbia Metropolitan Airport to launch a 4,320-panel, 1.38 megawatt fixed-tilt ground-mount solar array – the first of its kind at a South Carolina airfield.
Constructed on approximately five acres of land between two of the airport’s active runways, the solar farm is part of the airport’s Enhanced Construction Opportunities program, which includes the implementation of $60 million in capital improvement projects at the airport between 2010 and 2018. The projects are part of the airport’s effort to adopt environmentally-friendly programs while meeting its obligation to run as economically as possible by lowering energy costs.
Con Edison Solutions, a Con Edison Clean Energy Business company, is the developer and EPC (engineer-procure-construct) contractor for the initiative. The solar array is Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses’ first solar project in South Carolina and second project at a major airport, following its clean energy initiative at Newark Liberty International Airport, which was completed in April 2014.
“As one of the nation’s leading energy services companies, Con Edison Solutions is proud to have completed our first solar project in South Carolina, and we couldn’t have asked for a better partner than the Columbia Metropolitan Airport,” said Michael Gibson, Vice President, Con Edison Solutions. “While we are seeing more and more solar initiatives like this across the country, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport has set an example for airfields across the state, showing them that incorporating renewable, environmentally-friendly energy is an achievable opportunity that reaps huge rewards.”
“We’re proud to be the first airport in the state with a solar array of this magnitude and thrilled to complete this cornerstone of our ECO Project (Enhanced Construction Opportunities)” said Dan Mann, Executive Director, Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
“At the intersection of its two runways, Columbia Metropolitan Airport has established the largest solar array in Lexington County and demonstrated its vision for a cleaner energy future for all to see,” said Keller Kissam, President of Retail Operations for SCE&G. “SCE&G has been pleased to partner with the airport and Con Edison Solutions on the development of this solar facility, and we’re proud that it’s helping to continue the growth of renewable energy on our system.”
Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s solar array is made possible by the SCE&G Bill Credit Agreement Program. Under this program, SCE&G will issue a monthly bill credit to the airport at a pre-defined fixed rate per kilowatt-hour generated, which is expected to produce approximately $250,000 in annual bill credits for the airport over a 10-year term.
About Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is the premier air travel provider for South Carolina’s Midlands region. The airport offers more than 30 daily non-stop flights to 9 major airports nationwide and is a regional cargo hub for UPS Airlines. CAE is a self-sufficient entity and does not receive any state or local tax dollars. Visit our website at www.columbiaairport.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/flycae.
About Con Edison Solutions
Con Edison Solutions is a leading energy services company that provides renewable energy, sustainability services, cost-effective energy efficiency solutions, demand response, and energy performance contracting. The company serves commercial, industrial, residential and government customers, as well as universities, schools, and hospitals nationwide. Offering innovative products, financial stability, and a commitment to customer service, the company is headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with offices in Burlington, Massachusetts; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Falls Church, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm’s dedicated team of energy professionals delivers a broad range of energy solutions. ConEdison Solutions offers programs and services designed to help customers achieve their individual energy objectives and is accredited as an Energy Services Provider (ESP) by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).
Con Edison Solutions is a subsidiary of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc., and part of the Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED) family of companies. More information can be obtained by calling 1-888-210-8899 or visiting the ConEdison Solutions website at www.conedsolutions.com. You can also visit the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website at http://investor.conedison.com for information on all of the Consolidated Edison companies.