On October 15th, 2012, the Lakeland Linder International 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.