Clay Lacy Works Towards Web-Zero Carbon Footprint with Photo voltaic Panels, LED Lighting at Van Nuys Airport Headquarters
Clay Lacy Aviation, a member of the California Green Business Network, has completed the installation of a 500-kilowatt (kW) solar array with a roof area of around 30,000 square meters at the headquarters, hangar and maintenance facility at Van Nuys Airport. The 500 kW system generates 750,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and offsets the equivalent of 530 tons of CO2. This is equivalent to the amount of CO2 produced by driving more than 1.3 million passenger miles in the average car or by burning over 584,000 pounds of coal. Clay Nuys Van Nuys’ energy costs are reduced by 56 percent annually, while local electricity needs are reduced. Further system upgrades include 200 energy-efficient LED lights and 44 vehicle charging stations.
The installation of the Van Nuys solar module is the latest milestone in Clay Lacy’s long-term strategic plan to be more sustainable on the ground and in the air. The company has worked closely with fuel suppliers and aviation industry associations to promote the development and use of sustainable jet fuel. Clay Lacy also enables a voluntary carbon offsetting program for corporate jet owners managed by World Kinect Energy Services. Customers can purchase carbon credits to offset 100 percent of the CO2 emissions caused by their aircraft. The emissions certificates support GoldStandard.org sustainability projects that replenish, conserve and manage forests around the world.
“We are committed to being sustainable and making significant strides toward a zero carbon footprint,” said Scott Cutshall, SVP division, Clay Lacy Aviation. “These improvements are the first of many that will help us achieve our sustainability goals.”