On October 25th of this year, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), along with the support of local officials, announced the projects that will be built at Van Nuys Airport, including rooftop solar panels and solar canopies. The plan for Van Nuys Airport will also include a valley sod farm; a ground-mounted solar power system that will be overseen by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The ground-mounted system will be the largest ground-mount solar system ever built for the department, as well as in the entire territory they service in the Los Angeles region. Other corporations set to be a part of helping support the construction of the solar rooftop panels and canopies at Van Nuys Airport include Clay Lacy Aviation, Western Jet Aviations, The Park VNY, Woodley LLC, Castle & Cooke, and other supporters who are eager to see solar aviation take off not just at Van Nuys Airport, but for California as a whole.  

Enthusiasm from California Officials 

These solar plans to be set forth at Van Nuys Airport are just the beginning. The Los Angeles City Council has several leaders that are encouraged by the advancements that will soon come to Van Nuys Airport and the implications these solar projects will have for the rest of the state, as well as their goals surrounding the use of solar and renewable energy resources.  

Tony Cárdenas, Congressman who oversees the Van Nuys district, stated that clean energy and solar power must continue to be supported. Cárdenas went on to say in an article by Aviation Pros that these alternatives are helping to address a much larger problem with the global climate. Hopefully, these efforts will redirect the man-made inventions that have contributed to such climate change in the first place. He is confident that the steps Van Nuys Airport is taking will positively contribute to the environment and that other organizations will follow similar solar plans. His hope is that this solar aviation project and others will ultimately perpetuate the trend of solar power implementation across the state and the world at large.  

Nury Martinez, a Los Angeles councilwoman whose district also includes Van Nuys, is focused on the improvements that will come in regard to quality of life in the region, thanks to these solar power improvements. Surrounding areas will see a reduction in CO2 emissions. Additionally, approximately 212,700 pounds of sulfur dioxide and nearly 15,000 pounds of asthma particles will be eliminated from the air every year. Martinez stated that these solar projects are a “huge step forward in making our community green,” and will lead to the further development of even more effective solar energy projects. 

LAWA’s Initiatives and Success 

Los Angeles World Airports, for the third year in a row has been recognized as a leader and champion in reducing carbon emission levels thanks to their solar power initiatives. Chief Executive Officer of LAWA, Deborah Flint, told Aviation Pros in an interview that she is grateful to extend the projects that harness the power of the sun to Van Nuys airport in order to continue to facilitate a greener future and more environmentally friendly, solar-powered way of life for Los Angeles and California as a whole.  

These steps forward for the solar aviation community in Van Nuys have wider implications for not just the state, but for solar power innovation as a whole. Matt Peterson, proponent of the Van Nuys Airport solar projects and CEO and President of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), believes that these solar and green energy initiatives ultimately bring together both private and public partnerships in the most effective ways to solve the crisis of climate change. He stated that since no one person can reverse the effects of climate change, it will be up to partnerships like these in the solar sector to address and solve environmental problems. Moving forward, we will likely see more and more corporations join together in solar based and renewable energy projects for the greater good and ultimate restoration of our planet. 

Resources 

https://www.aviationpros.com/press_release/12434505/solar-energy-projects-take-flight-at-van-nuys-airport 

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