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Published Apr 18, 2022

Passengers lucky enough to have bagged a window seat will notice some big changes when taking off and arriving at Edinburgh Airport in the near future.

For an eleven-acre solar farm is set to be constructed on our airfield. Work will get underway later this year, and the project is forecast to be completed in March 2023.

The farm will be the first ever built by a Scottish airport on its airfield, and it will provide 27 per cent of the energy needs at EDI – based on 2019 levels - once operational.

The ambitious project is being funded by the airport and the Scottish Government through their Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.

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It will help us meet the commitment to self-generate 25 per cent of our energy needs by 2030 as set out in Greater Good, the airport’s sustainability strategy.

The 9.7MWh solar farm, with 1.5MWh battery storage, will supply 40 electric vehicle charging points for staff and passengers. These will be located at two different locations across the airport campus.

As plans for the solar farm were unveiled, Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “We are excited to be the UK’s first airport to construct a solar farm on an airfield.”

He added: “This project illustrates our commitment to making environmental improvements and is something passengers will actually be able to see as they arrive or depart.”

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You can find out more about our Greater Good sustainability strategy here.