Vienna Airport to Build More Photovoltaic Facilities

(Photo: Flughafen Wien AG)

Following the introduction of its four photovoltaic plants in August 2019, Vienna International Airport (VIE) is to build three more by the end of 2020.

The airport described their locations as being on the roofs of Office Park 4 and Park Garages 3 and 8.

Vienna said it already produces about two million kilowatt hours of electricity annually thanks to the four photovoltaic plants in operation, but that will increase to more than three million kilowatt hours when the installation of the extra 2,500 solar panels is complete. The expansion means that VIE’s total solar panel surface area will increase to about 172,222 sq ft (16,000m²) and the extra solar energy generated should help Vienna Airport to reduce its CO₂ emissions by about 1,800 tonnes per year.

Günther Ofner, a member of the airport’s management board, commented: “We have already cut CO₂ emissions by 70% and energy consumption by 40% since 2011. This is good, but not enough. We have a clearly defined objective to become one of the very first large CO₂ neutral airports before 2030. Our own electricity production will play a major role in these efforts. For this reason, we are expanding the number of photovoltaic plants from four to seven next year.”