Burlington's 81 project solar portfolio has recently expanded with the unveiling of a 2,000-panel array on the roof of the Burlington International Airport parking garage, leased to Burlington Electric for $20,000 annually. While the system cost $1.5 million to install, the city expects to save $3.5 million throughout the next 30 years. The array will help ease peak loads of electricity use in summer months that tax electrical grids.
Burlington is able to produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources thanks to increased solar develpment alongside the biomass McNeil Generating Station, and the Winooski One hydroelectric plant. The new airport array is a critical step in helping the city achieve its renewable resources goals.