Columbia SC’s Columbia Metropolitan Airport has installed 4,368 photovoltaic panels on five acres previously thought unusable. The $2.5 million, ground-mount solar farm generates 1 megawatt of electricity, enough to power 1,000 homes. The installation is projected to pay for itself with lower energy costs in only 10 years. How many other airports in the U.S could unlock the value in land near runways with this kind of capital project?
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