PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh International Airport will be the first major airport in the country to run on its own power grid.
Power for the microgrid will come from natural gas wells on site and solar panels.
It will also power the Hyatt hotel and Sunoco gas station.
Peoples Natural Gas will build and operate the microogrid at no cost to the county.
The move is expected to save the airport and tenants on energy costs.
“My congratulations to the Airport Authority board and staff for taking this important step forward to ensure that our airport is both sustainable and resilient,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “As an economic generator in our community, the airport’s ability to support our community and its businesses is absolutely imperative and today’s action ensures that we have the tools to be self-reliant and self-sufficient at this facility.”
The airport will also remain connected to the current grid for emergencies.
It’s expected to be online by the summer of 2021.