Airport Sustainability 

Solar Farm
On October 15th, 2012, the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, in partnership with Lakeland Electric and Sun Edison, flipped the
switch to activate over 18,000 solar panels for a 5.5 Megawatt solar farm. It became the first of its kind at an airport in the
Southern Region. The project funding was established through a unique public/private partnership between the City of Lakeland
and Sun Edison. The new green power source added more than 9 million kWh of solar electricity per year to the local power grid
while creating more than 90 local construction jobs. It is expected the solar farm will generate over $250,000 energy credits
annually. This nearly eliminates the Airport’s electricity costs while reducing Carbon Dioxide emissions by an estimated 324
million pounds over 25 years. That is an equivalent of removing over 31,000 cars from the road.

    LED Lights

We have also completed the second phase of our conversion to LED taxiway lights. In the
past two years we have installed more than 400 LED light fixtures. This brings our total to
more than 540 total LED fixtures on the Airport. The Lakeland Airport now has over 90
percent of the taxiway lighting fixtures converted, with the remaining lights scheduled for
replacement in the following year.


    LED Signs
The Lakeland Airport has also installed more than 40 new LED guidance signs to replace
the older halogen technology. These signs not only use less energy but are better
illuminated during periods of low visibility.

   T5 Hangar Lighting
On September 1st of 2012, the Lakeland Airport successfully converted more than 650 Metal
Halide lights with new energy efficient T5 Florescent fixtures. The new fixtures provide
improved color rendition with a spectrum much closer to natural light, improving working
conditions. Other benefits include more usable light and a significant reduction in
maintenance by increasing the fixture life by nearly 75 percent. This new installation covers
more than 540,000 square feet of hangar space and reduces the overall energy consumption
by nearly 45 percent. The Airport is currently on track to realize an estimated cost savings of
30k-40k dollars annually. This will allow the Lakeland Airport to recover all costs associated
with this substantial capital investment within seven years.

   Pilot Controlled Lighting
These significant improvements along with the installation of pilot controlled lighting (PCL)
have drastically reduced the electricity needs at the airport. Instead of senselessly wasting
electricity all night, pilots can now operate the airfield lighting remotely. This allows the lights to
turn off automatically during periods of infrequent use, conserving untold amounts of electricity.