The installation, featuring 496 photovoltaic panels, was part of a £10 million (US$16.6 million) terminal expansion, during which solar panels from Conergy were installed on the terminal’s curved tunnel-shaped roofs by Photon Energy.
The solar system will provide power to the terminal’s shops, cafes and restaurants via the airport’s private electricity network.
On-site solar power is expected to help the terminal achieve a BREEAM Very Good environmental assessment rating, and to avoid around 1000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over 20 years.
Jonathan Bates, Photon Energy’s managing director, said, ‘It's great London Southend Airport has shown its commitment to self-generation. Airport terminals are great places for solar as they have a lot of roofspace and large daytime electricity consumption.’
The airport became Europe's fastest growing in 2013, with over 1 million passengers, and was voted the UK’s best in a survey by Which? magazine.