Leading CA Airports in the Greenspace with Fresno Yosemite Airport’s Russ Widmar

December 23, 2010

Russ Widmar is the Aviation Director at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FYI). FYI, which has daily flights from Fresno, CA to cities all over the West and to Mexico, is leading California airports in the greenspace. The airport has cut back on its output with a solar energy project — the largest at any airport in the U.S., and possibly the largest in the world. Coupled with a stoppage of busing on airport grounds, FYI is helping to cut back on Fresno’s smog problem. “We produce so much power during the peak sun periods of the day that we couldn’t even use it all ourselves,” Widmar says. FYI has factored in $4 million in energy savings, which could go up in the coming years with energy rate increases.