AERODOM expands its solar energy park at Las Américas Airport
SANTO DOMINGO.- Dominican Airports Siglo XXI (AERODOM), a subsidiary of VINCI Airports, expanded the photovoltaic power generation parks at the José Francisco Peña Gómez International Airport of Las Américas. This initiative is in line with the strategy developed by VINCI Airports throughout its network to reduce its carbon footprint, promote renewable energies, and protect the environment.
The expansion of the solar plant involved an investment of $ 2.8 million. As of March 2020, there were 4,546 panels, with a peak generation power of 1.5MWp, which represented 7.61% of the total energy demanded at the José Francisco Peña Gómez International Airport of Las Américas. With this expansion, the airport now has 6,364 additional panels for a total of 10,910 solar panels that have a peak generation power of 3.6 MWp, which represents 20% of the total energy demanded by the airport.
Thanks to the solar parks installed, a total of 10,500 tons of CO₂ is avoided each year, which is equivalent to approximately 875,000 gallons of fuel.
Mónika Infante Henríquez, general director of AERODOM, said: “We are very pleased with this achievement of our airport group and the Dominican Republic, which can proudly show its commitment to maintaining an environmentally sustainable and responsible airport administration.”
This project is part of the “AirPact” strategy of the parent company VINCI Airports, which establishes vital objectives for environmental protection and sustainability for 2020, such as a 20% reduction in the carbon footprint compared to 2013, protection of biodiversity, obtaining of the ISO 14001 certification and the obtaining of the carbon emissions accreditation of all the airports in the network.
The installation of photovoltaic generation parks is an important initiative carried out by AERODOM as part of its commitment to protecting the environment.
At the beginning of this year, AERODOM became the leading operator in Latin America and the Caribbean, having obtained the level 2 certification of the “Carbon Accreditation Program” (ACA) for the six airports it operates in the Dominican Republic, according to the Council Airports International. for Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC).
AERODOM is currently one of the companies with the highest solar power generation capacity, with 6.8MW installed in the six airports.