Environmental benefits of the rental car facility include approximately 154,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) greenhouse gases avoided by the use of renewable energy since mid-October 2009 when the facility began operations. Over 95% of construction waste was recycled or reused. At least three-quarters of the facility’s energy usage is generated on-site from a 159 kW solar collection system consisting of 816 photovoltaic panels. The combination of the facility’s efficiency features and renewable energy generation translates to a 97% savings in energy costs compared to traditional construction.
The $6.3M rental car facility includes a 10,000 square foot light maintenance and support building, car wash bays, a fueling operation, and secure storage for more than 300 vehicles. While vehicle rentals remain adjacent to the Airline Terminal, the 3.6 acre ‘quick-turn-around’ operation off Hollister Avenue replaces the rental car service area at the Terminal. Tours of the facility will be offered to those in attendance following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.