#Hawaii has done a great deal in terms of environmental conservation. As a matter of fact, this is a place which really stands out. To start, the state put a ban on chemical sunscreens to help protect coral reefs – this is a big move that many are following. The next time you step into a surf shop or even your local Walgreens, take a look at how many sunscreens are labeled “eco-friendly”, “biodegradable” or even “coral-safe” – you are sure to be pleasantly surprised. Many hotels on the islands in Hawaii are taking things a step further, as they have jumped on board with the removal of plastic straws as well as other single-use plastics. Hawaii has a goal of using only clean #energy by 2045 – a huge step when it comes to #solar power. So far, it’s looking like this is a definite possibility.
Hawaii’s Department of Transportation recently announced #Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) will have more than 4,000 solar panels before the end of this year – that’s 4,260 solar panels before December, to be more precise. These solar panels are expected to cut the electricity bill for the #airport in half.
Where exactly will the solar panels go? Thousands of solar panels will be placed on the roof of the parking garage in Terminal 1 at HNL. #Honolulu sees approximately 270 days of sun per year, and these solar panels will help to capture it. In the future, it is anticipated that even more solar panels will be added to the parking garage for Terminal 2. The goal is to eventually have 21,000 solar panels across all of the airports in Hawaii. The solar modules are expected to generate plenty of energy to power hundreds of homes – 328, to be exact, based on a full day of sunshine. Eventually, more like 175,000 homes would be able to be powered by the amount of energy saved – wow!
But Hawaii is taking it a step further.
The plan is to replace the 98,000 light fixtures at the airport in Honolulu with LEDs. Not only will all of these solar endeavors save money and help the environment, but they will help to meet sustainability goals.
Other Airports Going Solar
Of course, Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is not the only airport attempting to go solar and decrease its carbon footprint. Other airports are actually run completely by solar, such as George Airport in South Africa, which as 2,000 solar panels, and Cochin International Airport in India, which has 46,000 solar panels. George Airport is aiming to be carbon neutral over the course of the next 12 years, and Cochin International Airport, which sees close to 8 million passengers each year, has plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 330,000 tons over the course of the next two and a half decades. Have you heard of Gatwick Airport in London? As of last year, the airport is using 100 percent renewable energy. These numbers are certainly impressive – hopefully, other airports will follow suit. There are so many ways to go solar across the globe, and it’s wonderful to see airports jumping on board and taking things to solar heights. The sky truly is the limit (pun intended).
Following solar news tends to reveal exciting developments across the globe. Continue to learn more about what is happening all over the place – even in airports. How can you go solar and reduce your carbon footprint? Have you recently taken any small steps to make a positive difference for the planet? Remember, even doing something small, such as requesting your glass of water without a plastic straw (if you don’t need one, of course) or bringing your own reusable bag to the grocery store can make a difference. The installation of solar panels is something many are recognizing as a great step. We will continue to see solar panels being placed on homes, schools and even at airports!