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Airport plans 3-megawatt solar array

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A 3-megawatt solar energy array atop two Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport parking ramps could meet 20-percent of the airport’s peak energy demand when it starts operating next year.

The $25.4-million project to install the array and make other energy efficiency upgrades at the airport will, over the coming decades, pay for itself and then some, predicted Jeff Hamiel, executive director of the Metropolitan Airport Commission. Construction on the array begins this fall, and it’s expected to be supplying power to the airport in the “latter half of 2015,” Hamiel said.

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