Solar Guide for Airports Released12.06.2010 | HMMH |
by Steve Barrett
I am very happy to tell you that the FAA has formally released the “Technical Guidance for Evaluating Selected Solar Technologies on Airports”, also known as the Solar Guide. The Solar Guide is the FAA’s central reference for solar development projects. For airports interested in exploring solar opportunities, the Guide provides information on appropriate siting, required approvals, and options for funding. For FAA staff, it provides guidance on technical reviews of issues like glare and radar interference and what type of information may be appropriate to address those concerns.
Over the past six months,I worked with Dr. Jake Plante from the FAA’s Airport Planning and Environmental Division to draft the Guide. Phil DeVita and Bob Miller provided critical research and review to make sure the Guide was up to HMMH’s professional standards of quality. Several other members of HMMH’s technical and communications staff also contributed to the final product. I think you will find the Solar Guide to be a very easy to read document that will facilitate better communications between aviation and energy groups with a mutual interest in developing solar, as well as enhancing and streamlining the regulatory review and approval of future airport solar projects.