Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Solar, CHP Resilience and Microgrid Project Support

Burns consulted Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) on development of a first-of-its-kind microgrid project, guiding Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) throughout the design-build process.

The first airport microgrid project in the United States, ACAA partnered with a development team led by the local gas utility to drill natural gas wells on the airport’s property, build five gas-fueled generators, install a 7,800-panel solar array, and connect the power sources to make PIT a fully resilient facility. The microgrid is capable of producing more heat and electricity capacity than the airport needs for daily operations.

Peoples Natural Gas received a 20-year contract to build, maintain and operate the microgrid — all with no cost obligations to the authority or the airport.

ACAA entrusted Burns as the owner representative to ensure the project achieves financial returns and technical capabilities as proposed by the development team.

Previous projects at PIT include involvement in a major terminal modernization program. Microgrid projects include assessments for Denver International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Energy & Utilities
Client: Allegheny County Airport Authority

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