Humboldt Supervisors request funding for solar power at airport

MCKINLEYVILLE – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors are hoping a green idea takes off at the Humboldt County airport in McKinleyville.

During their meeting today, the board signed a letter to the California Energy Commission asking for funding to build a solar microgrid on nine acres of airport grounds.

The multi-million dollar project could save the airport 65% on its energy bill annually, which comes out to about $60,000 a year.

For now, the county is putting $15,000 towards the cost of environmental review for the project.

If it does move forward, surrounding local residents could also access the clean energy through the Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Community Choice Energy program.