Airport powers up naturally
5:00AM Monday April 07, 2008
By Angela Gregory

The solar panels on the roof of the Auckland Airport terminal extension cover 300sq m.

Auckland Airport's expanded international terminal will brighten NZ's clean, green reputation as visitors walk through an arrivals corridor powered by solar panels on its roof.

Airport chief executive Don Huse says the extended terminal incorporates several "green" features including the largest grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) solar display in New Zealand.

The 300sq m solar panel converts the sun's energy into electrical energy, used to power the arrivals corridor lights during the day.

Mr Huse says that provides an estimated energy generation equal to about the yearly energy use of three to four households.

The airport extension is also designed to make the best use of natural light with large windows.

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