Fast Park, a leading off-site airport parking company, began installing 300 solar panels at its Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) facility this week. When installation is complete, the solar panels are expected to:
- Produce 79.38kW of energy or enough to power approximately 11 average homes
- Provide about 16 percent of the entire facility’s power usage and 80 percent of the power needed in the recently-expanded section of the facility
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Austin by 100 tons per year, which is equal to taking 18 cars off of the road
Fast Park is working with Third Sun Solar, an Ohio-based solar company, to complete the installation project. Third Sun Solar selected a local Austin company, Meridian Solar, to perform the engineering and construction using local labor. Construction on the solar panels is expected to be complete in August. The project is supported in part by a financial incentive from Austin Energy.
This installation is the latest move to make the facility more eco-friendly. In June, a major facility expansion was completed, which included the installation of carports for more than 1,700 spaces making the entire 4,800-space parking lot now completely covered. This will significantly reduce the heat island effect that is often generated by large parking lots. Also during the expansion, four FastCharge electric vehicle charging stations were installed so that guests can now receive a complimentary charge for their vehicle while they are traveling. Additionally, the facility utilizes eco-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) shuttle buses to transport guests to the airport.
“We are continuously looking for ways to make our facilities better, greener and more energy-efficient,” said Melanie Chavez, Executive Vice President of Construction and Branding at Fast Park. “Our Austin facility is no exception. While we grow in this market, we are focused on implementing a wide range of eco-friendly initiatives. From our recently installed FastCharge charging stations to our covered parking to this week’s solar panel installation we look forward to collecting the energy-saving data and seeing what kind of impact these initiatives have on our surrounding community and guest experiences.”
The Austin FastPark & Relax facility provides complimentary luggage assistance and a newspaper upon entrance (available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., while supplies last). The facility’s new parking procedure groups travelers based on return days so that gets can be dropped off to their cars faster upon their return.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.thefastpark.com or call a local Austin Fast Park representative at 512-385-8877.
About Fast Park
Fast Park is a leading offsite airport parking company headquartered in Cincinnati. With 17 facilities in 13 markets throughout the country, its brands include FastPark & Relax, FastPark2, Airport Fast Park, and Park Place. Fast Park offers the highest-quality customer service at its facilities 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Its convenient shuttle service transports travelers directly from their parking spot to their terminal. Facilities are located in the following cities: Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore-BWI, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston-IAH, Indianapolis, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Orlando, Raleigh and Tucson. For more information, visit www.theFastPark.com or visit Fast Park’s Facebook page.
About Third Sun Solar
Third Sun Solar is at the forefront of an emerging Ohio clean energy industry—a growing resource for 21st-century jobs. For more than a decade, the company has custom designed and installed more than 350 solar energy systems for commercial, institutional, government, and residential customers across the Midwest. Third Sun Solar employs a team of NABCEP-certified solar energy installers along with system designers, financial analysts, grant specialists, and support staff—all focused on making it easy for customers to go solar. From start to finish, the company combines financial and management experience, highly trained installation crews, privileged supply agreements with leading equipment suppliers, a network of professional services partners, and advanced internal systems to deliver a smooth transition to clean solar energy at any scale.