Airports Could Serve As Solar Farms

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    The US Department of Agriculture has published a study looking at the feasibility of alternative energy production at airports. The study used 10 airports in Indiana to help determine whether land at smaller airports could be converted to solar farms and biofuels.

    Federal regulations require airports to have a certain amount of land surrounding runways for noise control. USDA Project leader at the national wildlife research center Travis DeVault says his team used information from an earlier study conducted at Purdue University to see exactly how much land was available.

    “That study, which investigated land use practices at small airports, that was the only one to our knowledge that had ever been done, so we were able to use those data from Indiana and use that to forecast our results across the country,” says DeVault.
    DeVault says he can’t disclose which airports were used, but he says the data showed there was ample land for solar farms, wind turbines or biofuel crops.
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