Birmingham Airport has installed 200 solar panels to its terminal roof in a bid to save 22 tons of carbon dioxide every year.
The panels, which were fitted in December, will generate 40,000 kWh of energy a year, which would power 12 average-sized homes. The installation was done in just over six months by energy company nPower and Reading-based Photon Energy.
This is the first renewable energy and zero carbon installation on the Airport site and is part of a wider project to improve its energy management and reduce its carbon footprint. The solar system captures the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells which convert the sunlight into electricity to provide renewable green energy.
Paul Kehoe, the Airport's CEO, said: "Managing our greenhouse gas emissions is a high priority for the company and we're always seeking new opportunities to work with partners to reduce our carbon footprint."
Graham Ryott, development manager at nPower, added: "Birmingham is understandably a large energy user but supplementing its energy use with on-site generation is a positive step for the site's future."
As one of the busiest Airports in the country, Birmingham is understandably a large energy user but supplementing its energy use with on-site generation is a positive step for the site's future and nPower is delighted to be involved.