TotalEnergies to construct solar system at JFK International Airport

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TotalEnergies has started construction of New York State’s largest onsite solar generating and storage system at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in association with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York Power Authority.

The solar carport, being erected as a canopy in one of JFK’s parking lots, will generate 12 MW of onsite power paired with an additional 7.5 MW of battery storage to reduce airport energy use during peak periods.

Around half of the 12 MW will power the AirTrain rail link that connects JFK to the greater New York City area, while the balance will be used by disadvantaged households in the communities surrounding the airport.

“We applaud Governor Hochul, PANYNJ and NYPA for their leadership on this unique project, which will not only make clean power accessible to millions of travelers, but also reduce electricity costs for residents of low-income neighborhoods in Queens,” said Marc-Antoine Pignon, Managing Director, TotalEnergies Renewables USA.

The project is expected to be placed in service in phases during 2025 and 2026. The JFK solar carport will produce enough clean energy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 6,000 tons annually – equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 1,500 gasoline powered passenger vehicles driven for one year. It will contribute to the Port Authority’s goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions across the agency’s facilities by 2050.

TotalEnergies recently reached over 1.5 GW of renewable Power Purchase Agreements with over 600 industrial and commercial customers worldwide, of which 1.1 GW is already operational.

TotalEnergies has a portfolio of solar, battery storage, onsite B2B solar distributed generation, onshore and offshore wind projects that are expected to generate up to 10 GW of renewable power by 2025 and more than 25 GW by 2030. The company also added 1.5 GW of flexible power production capacity with the acquisition of three gas-fired power plants in Texas.

At the end of 2023, TotalEnergies’ gross renewable electricity generation installed capacity was 22 GW. TotalEnergies will continue to expand this business to reach 35 GW in 2025 and more than 100 TWh of net electricity production by 2030.

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