Doncaster Sheffield Airport has revealed plans for a £2m solar farm that will generate about 25 per cent of its energy when operational.
Aviation minister Baroness Vere visited the airport as its investors the Peel Group today (1 July 2019) announced plans to build the solar farm.
The facility is due to be operational in 2020 and will provide 1.7 MWp of zero carbon energy, saving 220 tonnes of carbon every year – the equivalent of boiling 2.2m kettles every year. It will generate 25 per cent of the airport's energy.
The development forms part of the airport's 20-year masterplan, with passenger numbers set to soar to 1.45 million this year and to double within the next five years.
Aviation minister Baroness Vere said: "To bring about real change in transport, we need to do things differently. From decreasing carbon emissions at airports to increasing female representation, the aviation industry is acting now to safeguard our future.
"Today's investment shows that airports are finding practical ways to become cleaner and greener, and Doncaster Sheffield's commitment to the women in aviation charter is another vote of confidence in our work to build a fairer sector for all."
Robert Hough, chairman of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, added: "We are pleased that the aviation minister recognises our position as a key part of the solution for the UK's aviation needs and as a growth driver for the economy. We are committed to our part in delivering the opportunity here around DSA which with the right support from government can start making an impact on people in the North lives now, not years away.
"Our other announcements made today are vitally important for our sustainable future, reducing our carbon emissions alongside our airlines and further committing to women in aviation – both crucial for the long term and central to our values."
The aviation minister also witnessed the airport signing up to the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter, which makes a commitment to building a more balanced and fair industry for women.