TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tucson International Airport (TUS) adopted using solar energy a year ago, in the hopes to save money and to leave a smaller carbon footprint. To date the system has generated 16.3 million kilowatt hours of energy and has saved the airport more than $800,000.
"Well, as you can imagine, the energy for an airport is rather high so anytime we can take advantage of savings, like the solar project, we're very excited. Its a win-win for both the TAA (Tucson Airport Authority) and the environment. And it minimizes our carbon footprint in the community," said Danette Bewley, the vice president of operations and COO at TUS.