Orlando Aviation Authority Mulls Solar Partnership

Florida’s Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) and the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) are exploring a partnership that would bring solar energy to Orlando International Airport.

GOAA and OUC have agreed to broaden the scope of their relationship beyond traditional electric and water services. At Wednesday’s GOAA board meeting, members approved a “comprehensive partnership letter of intent,” under which OUC would provide chilled water, backup generation, electric vehicle charging and on-site solar energy.

OUC has offered to design (in coordination with GOAA), construct and facilitate solar for the airport. The next step is for the letter of intent to be approved by the OUC board at a Nov. 13 meeting, along with the approval of capital funding. According to Orlando Sentinel, the $500,000 initiative would involve floating solar sited on ponds under the airport’s shuttle trains.

“Given the complexity of the utility requirements, our collaboration with OUC capitalizes on their unique ability to deliver and manage a portfolio of utility services,” says Phil Brown, CEO of GOAA. “Partnering with OUC also benefits Orlando International Airport and the community by further energizing our short- and long-term sustainability goals.”

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