Bogota, Sep 21 (EFE).- El Dorado International Airport will become the greenest terminal in Latin America when an array of 10,369 solar panels enters operation next year, Colombian officials said Friday.
The installation of the panels began Friday during an event headed by Energy Minister Maria Fernanda Suarez and executives from the companies implementing the project, Celsia and Odinsa.
“Since 2016, Celsia and Odinsa have worked together on a plan based on the best sustainability practices in the sector, and today, we are pleased to announce the start of the installation of the solar panels in El Dorado,” Odinsa president Mauricio Ossa said.
The panels, which will occupy an expanse the size of 20 Olympic swimming pools, are part of a wider plan to make the airport the greenest in the region.
Suarez said that this plan is itself part of a government initiative to promote projects that will help “break the barriers related to the use of energy.”
According to the president of Celsia, Ricardo Sierra, “in eight months, 12 percent of the electricity used by the airport will be based on solar energy.”
El Dorado International is the third-busiest passenger airport in the region and was named in March as the best airport in South America by the World Airport Awards.