The Port Authority Agency plans to install more than 10 megawatts of solar power at JFK, in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while providing local low-income residents the opportunity to purchase clean energy at reduced rates.

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the Port Authority’s request to proceed with renewable solar power projects at John F. Kennedy International Airport, which will help the agency meet its aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals.

Residents, particularly those in low-income neighbourhoods, would have first access to purchase solar-generated renewable energy at a reduced rate from their normal utility bill. The facility would be sited on a portion of JFK’s long-term parking lot.

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said: “The implementation of Community Solar is growing and will now be accessible for homeowners and renters around John F. Kennedy International Airport.