PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
IMG recently completed an innovative microgrid project at Pittsburgh International Airport (“PIT”). This microgrid includes a two phase on-site solar array combined with a natural gas generation plant that has the capability to operate in “island mode,” providing resilient, off-grid power supply to the Airport. While maximizing public safety, this first-of-its-kind microgrid makes PIT the first airport in the world to be completely powered by solar and natural gas. IMG is the developer, owner, and operator of the solar array. Phase 1 of the on-site solar is net metered into the Duquesne Light distribution grid. Construction of this 3.6 MW array took less than 6 months and became operational in July 2021. Phase 2 is expected to be approximately 5.6 MW.
Construction Time: Less than 6 months
Number of panels: 9,360 (Phase I); 14,000 (Phase II)
Completed on time – No safety or environmental compliance issues
IMG also designed, operates and maintains the 20 MW natural gas plant at the airport, which began operations in June 2021. IMG worked closely with Duquesne Light Company on the interconnection of both the solar and gas portions of the project.