Pittsburgh International Airport announced plans for a lighting retrofit that will save $158,000 in energy costs once its replaces its current light fixtures with light emitting diodes (LEDs). The LED units will replace the current lighting fixtures at the airport’s Parking Garage and Deck and at the Passenger Drop-off and Pick-up areas. Appalachian Lighting Systems, Inc. (ALSI) was selected by the Allegheny County Airport Authority to manufacture and deliver the 1,347 new fixtures, in what may be the largest retrofit of its kind in the country.
ALSI, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer, developed new solid state lighting products to meet the requirements of the project. “These luminaries are engineered to provide between 73 to 82 percent savings in energy costs, and last essentially maintenance free for as long as 20 years,” said David McAnally, President & CEO of ALSI. The units are said to be maintenance free and expected to last up to 30 years, thanks to company patents that prevent the fixtures from overheating.
Several airports have sought to reduce costs by decreasing their energy demands. Yellowstone Regional Airport and Denver International Airport (DIA) are moving ahead with their expansion plans that center around energy efficiency, solar power and sustainability.
Meanwhile, DIA recently built Green Park DIA, an LEED-certified 4,200-stall parking lot servicing the airport, setting itself the goal to be the world’s greenest parking facility, and a new terminal at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport would incorporate miniature wind turbines to generate a portion of its electricity