Gainesville Regional Airport is an important resource that provides access to the national transportation system and is a direct stimulator to the local and regional economies. Due to its size and nature, the airport may impact the natural, social and economic systems in the area. Through careful planning and implementation of mitigation measures, GNV iw working to provide valuable services and economic development being compatible with the surrounding environment.
Photovoltaic solar panels with the capacity to capture 292 kilowatts of power adorn the roof of the John R. Alison commercial terminal, as well as the roof of the rental car wash facility just west of the terminal.
"The project was several years in the making," says airport CEO Allan Penksa. "We're proud to be able to highlight this green initiative that fits in with other conservation objectives and projects underway at the airport and within our community." Installation of GNV's solar panel project was completed in the summer of 2012.
The solar panel project was funded with grants. In February of 2012, Gainesville Regional Airport was selected to participate in Gainesville Regional Utilities' (GRU) Feed in Tariff program. The airport sells power to GRU and reinvests the income into airport operations, keeping the benefits within our community.
Several monitors are displayed in the airport terminal that showcase the amount of solar panel being generated by the project.
The John R. Alison terminal was originally designed in the mid 1970s to take advantage of the sun's power. A state-of-the-art (of that time) heating and cooling system was installed on the airport's roof. The design merited a conservation award.
Terminal: energy efficient LED lighting was added to curbside pillars as part of renovation Phase III.
Airfield: Taxiways A-1 and B lights were replaced with LED lighting.
Directional Signs: There’s another green energy initiative for GNV–LED solar sign lights. The airport installed the lights on seven directional signs along the entrance and terminal loop road this spring. The lights cost about $3,500 total, similar to the cost of installing electricity and flood lights.
Storefront glass: As part of renovation Phase III, all of GNV's storefront glass was replaced with energy efficient glass. Skylight windows and glass in the administration area has also been replaced for energy efficiency.
Entry vestibules: During Phase III, the three main entry points to the commercial terminal were reconstructed to create vestibules. This allows better climate control.
Recycling receptacles for both paper and bottles and cans are located in both the public waiting area and the sterile waiting area beyond the security checkpoint. Large bins for office paper are located in GNV's administration section.
In 2012, GNV completed construction of the car rental return facility. It features wastewater recovery/reuse and surface water management systems, as well as an irrigation system utilizing well water.
The new service facility has other green features, like energy efficient induction lighting and solar photovoltaic electric generation panels. The on-site car wash allows all airport car rental agencies access to a refueling station, car wash and vacuums.