A solar microgrid under development at the New Terminal One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City aims to bring clean energy and resilience to one of the country’s busiest airports.
With more than 13,000 solar panels and 7.6 MW of generating capacity, the rooftop PV system would become the largest on any airport terminal in the U.S. The microgrid also is designed to feature 3.6 MW of fuel cells and 2 MW/4 MWh of battery energy storage.
The microgrid is planned to consist of four “power islands,” with each island functioning as a local, integrated energy system with sources of generation, storage, advanced automation, and control.
As a benefit, the microgrid is expected to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions at JFK by 38% compared to grid-sourced energy, according to AlphaStruxure, which will design, construct, and operate the microgrid. AlphaStruxure is a joint venture of global investment firm Carlyle and Schneider Electric.
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NTO—a consortium of labor, operating, and financial partners including Ferrovial, Carlyle, JLC Infrastructure, and Ullico—is building the privately financed all-international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The first of the 23 new gates are expected to be open in 2026, with full completion planned by 2030.