Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (AA2000) is interested in developing between 8 and 12 megawatts (MW) of nameplate solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity at its airports. AA2000 identified six airports for conducting solar PV facility siting and analysis. The purpose of the solar studies is to identify potential sites that could generate electricity economically while also protecting aviation safety and being consistent with long-term airport development plans. Pintelos and Associates (PyA) engaged HMMH to undertake a solar feasibility study of the six airports. The six airports identified for siting and analysis were: Cordoba; San Miguel de Tucuman; Salta; Mendoza; Ministro Pistarini; Buenos Aires; and Iguazu Falls.
To assess the feasibility of solar PV at each airport, we utilized available planning information to prepare physical constraints analysis, which consists of two parts. Part one is to identify prospective sites that are consistent with the airport master plan, avoid environmental resources, and can reasonably be interconnected to existing electrical infrastructure. In part two, we subject the prospective sites to glint/glare modeling to ensure that project sites and designs do not impact sensitive airport receptors. Those sites that meet the glare standards (at the air traffic control tower and aircraft on final approach) can then proceed to more detailed consideration. HMMH evaluated a variety of solar PV configurations including fixed ground mount, single axis tracking, parking canopy systems, and roof top locations.