Carlyle, Schneider Electric JV to Provide Massive Rooftop Solar Array for New JFK Airport Terminal
Energy as a Service solutions provider AlphaStruxure, a joint venture of global private capital investment firm Carlyle and Schneider Electric, announced today an agreement to design, construct, and operate integrated microgrid infrastructure at the New Terminal One (NTO) at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The project includes plan for a 13,000 panel solar array, covering all available and viable rooftop areas, making it the largest rooftop solar installation in New York City and on any U.S. airport terminal.
According to AlphaStruxure, the microgrid will generate immediate greenhouse gas reductions of 38% over grid-sourced energy, in addition to providing sustainable, resilient, locally generated, and cost-predictable energy.
Juan Macias, CEO, AlphaStruxure, said:
“This project is paving the way for all transportation hubs and municipalities across the country. Not only is it about resilient energy, it’s about decarbonization, risk transfer, and cost predictability via the Energy as a Service business model.”
The new 2.4 million square foot terminal is being built by NTO, a consortium of partners including Ferrovial, Carlyle, JLC Infrastructure, and Ullico, in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The terminal is anticipated to begin operating in 2026, with full completion expected in 2030.
The terminal’s 11.34 MW microgrid, which will include 7.66 MW of rooftop solar and 3.68 MW of fuel cells, in addition to 4 MW-hours of battery energy storage, will enable the terminal to function independently of the power grid, and maintain 100% of airport operations during power disruptions.
The microgrid will be financed by Carlyle, with technology, software and services to be provided by Schneider Electric.
Pooja Goyal, Chief Investment Officer of Carlyle’s Global Infrastructure business, said:
“This project demonstrates how the energy as a service financing model can shape decarbonization in the transit sector. We believe this is the kind of energy infrastructure that’s needed throughout the country to become more resilient to outages while providing a path to work toward achieving sustainability goals.”
Annette Clayton, Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric North America, added:
“Microgrids solve two of the most serious challenges, resilience and decarbonization, with a single solution. The New Terminal One project at JFK shows that Schneider Electric’s microgrid technology is ready to transform our nation’s most critical infrastructure — including one of the busiest airports in the country — into a sustainable airport of the future.”