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New solar canopy unveiled at Rochester airport

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo introduced a new solar power canopy. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The next phase of the Greater Rochester International Airport revitalization project was announced Monday.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo introduced a new solar power canopy.

The canopy covers 75,000 square feet to help keep visitors dry. It also has a 50,000 gallon rainwater collection system.

But Dinolfo said one of its biggest purposes is security.

"In the airport canopy, we're going to have embedded security cameras," Dinolfo said. "Which give our deputy sheriffs and our airport personnel a wider opportunity to make sure they are able to observe the comings and goings in and out of our airport that will be embedded in our airport canopy."

The project will also use about 420 tons of steel - all of which was produced in the United States.

Back in April, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state would put $40 million toward renovating the airport.

The goal is to have all renovations completed by this fall.

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