Miami International Airport and FPL Services say they are undertaking one of the largest energy-savings programs ever in Florida – one that’s expected to create hundreds of jobs and save the airport more than $40 million in utility costs over 14 years.

MiamiAirport4 The companies officially launched the $32 million project on Tuesday and over the next two years, the airport will receive new energy-efficient lighting, air conditioning and ventilation upgrades, water conservation retrofits and other green initiatives. The energy-saving equipment is expected to reduce MIA’s carbon emissions by the equivalent of 5,110 cars and decrease water use by 28 million gallons annually. The installation phase will also create 300 jobs.

The Sustainability Project is expected to save the airport $2.2 million each year.

Miami International Airport, among the busiest airports in the world, has welcomed 21.9 million passengers from January to June. The airport is on pace to host more than 43 million passengers this year.

“As one of the largest energy consumers in Miami-Dade County, we are pursuing conservation measures like The Sustainability Project to be its most efficient consumer as well,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio Gonzalez.

MiamiAirport3Its latest endeavor is among major upgrades the airport has been making in recent years, including its recently completed $2.7 billion North Terminal development program and its $6 million investment in 80 automated passport control kiosks to speed up lines for international passengers,

Its concessions also continue to be upgraded and along with more connections and added flights, and the airport is developing plans to rebuild its Central Terminal with work beginning after 2020.


Source: SFBJ

The Sustainability Project at Miami International Airport (MIA) is one of the largest energy performance contracts ever undertaken in Florida.

The $32 million project includes the installation of energy-efficient lighting, water conservation retrofits, air-conditioning and ventilation upgrades and other projects to optimize energy management with new technologies in airport energy efficiency.

FPL Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida Power & Light, won the energy performance contract with MIA via the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD).The project will save the airport 17 million kilowatts of energy each year. Miami International Airport will reduce operational costs and streamline maintenance by eliminating 400 types of lighting fixtures through upgrades and standardization throughout the airport and replacing more than 65,000 light bulbs with new energy efficient ones.The changes that FPL Services is making throughout the airport will also save up to 28 million gallons of water each year.FPL Services guarantees electricity and water consumption savings of more than $2.2 million annually while also achieving additional savings in maintenance. The project, which is funded by third-party financing, will be completely offset with the budgetary savings throughout the 14-year project.