Logan International Airport has saved about one ton of carbon dioxide emissions since the installation of 20 10-foot-tall wind turbines on the roof of its offices that officials there expect will generate about 100,000 KWH a year, or about two percent of the building’s monthly energy use, USAToday reports.
The turbines should generate an annual savings of about $13,000 a year in energy costs, paying for themselves in about ten years.
Word has it that Massport, the organization that runs the airport, may consider installing more turbines around the airport, and at its maritime facilities around town, and at its other airports in Bedford and Worcester, the Boston Globe reports.
Sam Sleiman, Massport director of capital programs said: “We’re not doing it just for the payback. We’re doing it for the environmental benefit and the energy it’s going to produce.”
At the third annual Aviation and Environment Summit in Geneva in April, airlines, airports, and aircraft makers pledged for the first time to cut their emissions. Orly Airport in France is spending $18 million to dig two one-mile deep shafts to tap the energy of underground hot water geysers.