New Terminal One at JFK will have microgrid with solar energy

The New Terminal One at New York’s JFK Airport, under construction since last fall, will feature a rooftop microgrid capable of powering the 23-gate facility independent of the area’s central power grid.

The completed project will have more than 13,000 solar panels, making it the largest rooftop solar array on any U.S. airport terminal and the largest such facility in New York City, said Juan Macias, the CEO of AlphaStruxure, which will design, construct and operate the microgrid. 

Officials also say the microgrid will provide a 38% emissions improvement over grid-source power and produce enough energy to power 3,570 homes per year. 

Construction of the microgrid is set to begin next year. 

The $9.5 billion New Terminal One project is being built in phases on the site of JFK’s former Terminal 3 and its existing terminals one and two. Fourteen gates in the 2.4-million-square-foot facility are slated for opening in 2026, with the remaining nine gates targeted for a 2030 opening.

The facility will also have a new check-in hall, security facility and baggage-handling system.

The terminal will be geared toward long-haul flying, including 22 gates that are designed for large international aircraft. 

JFK is controlled by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, but the New Terminal One project is privately financed by a consortium of investors, led by global airport operator Ferrovial, which will also design, build and operate the facility. 

New Terminal One is part of a broader $18 billion redevelopment project underway at JFK. 

The microgrid will be comprised of four distinct power islands, three of which are slated to go online in 2026, Macias said, the last of which is scheduled to go online in 2029.

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