Truckee Tahoe Airport has recently purchased 560 units of the Carmanah Model 601 for permanent taxiway edge lighting at its picturesque general aviation airport located in Lake Tahoe, California.
After an extensive comparative economic analysis, Truckee Tahoe Airport was able to save more than US$272,000 over an 8-year period versus using a traditional hard-wired system. In addition, the opportunity cost saved was an estimated value of US $975,000 that could be used towards upgrading other airport infrastructure. By installing solar powered LED taxiway edge lights, Truckee Tahoe Airport will also benefit from energy and maintenance savings of US$18,000 annually.
Truckee Tahoe airport will be monitored by the FAA's AND 411 Technology and Safety Program as a case study under the newly proposed general aviation (GA) lighting guidelines for GA airports across the United States.