Melbourne Airport is planning to open a solar farm in January 2021 that will be able to produce enough renewable energy to power its four passenger terminals.

“The project is the largest of its kind in Australia,” says the airport.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Landside Access, Utilities and Facilities Group, Lorie Argus, said the investment in renewable energy will reduce the airport’s carbon footprint.

“With the airport’s electricity demand expected to grow, the construction of our solar farm makes sense for several reasons,” said Argus.

“The project is expected to deliver significant annualised energy cost savings, a timely benefit with the impacts of Covid-19 wreaking havoc on the aviation industry,” she added.

Beon Energy Solutions General Manager, Glen Thomson said the company is excited to be working with Melbourne Airport to deliver Australia’s largest behind the meter solar installation.

“The airport location brings with it some unique complexities and challenges, which utilises our collective strengths,” said Thomson.

“We congratulate Melbourne Airport on their investment and focus on innovative solutions to their growing energy needs and we look forward to continuing the relationship with similar projects across the airport precinct,” he added.

Construction of the solar farm is expected to be complete by the end of next month and be operational in January 2021.