The Pros, Cons of Solar, Wind

The FAA Tech Center’s Jim Patterson gives an update on the pros and cons of solar, wind technology.


FAA is in the process of developing a Solar Guidance Document, under development by Harris Miller Miller & Hanson (HMMH). Patterson says that at the end of the day it could take the form of an Advisory Circular. It will be a central reference document for airports interested in exploring solar energy, he explains, with baseline information on solar technology and applications.

It will also include FAA requirements and procedures to ensure no risk to pilots, controllers, or operations, as well as case studies and details on FAA funding programs. It is expected to be available to airports by the end of 2010.

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