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Chattanooga airport seeks solar funds

The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has plans to build a 1.2-megawatt solar plant -- if a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration can be secured.

Ellis Smith of the Chattanooga Time Free Press reports the FAA would provide 95 percent of the estimated $4.3 million project cost, if the agency's budget is approved by Congress.

The project would include 4,256 panels producing 235 watts each, reducing the airport's power consumption significantly. 

The airport will pay an estimated $217,000 for its piece of the program, unless administrators can convince state officials to contribute, he reports. Project officials estimate the installation could be paid off in as little as two years by selling power back to TVA.

Read the full story at the Times Free Press.

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