South Africa unveils solar-powered airport

South Africa unveils solar-powered airport

South Africa has ramped up its green credentials by unveiling the continent’s first solar-powered airport.

Located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, George Airport will meet 41% of its energy demand from a brand new 200 square meter solar power plant built on its grounds.

The facility, which was officially launched last week, has 3,000 photovoltaic modules, and will gradually increase capacity to deliver 750Kw power when it reaches full production. It cost just over a million dollars to build, and is part of South Africa’s commitment to introduce a mix of energy sources to all its airports.

“As an airports management company running nine airports nationally, part of our strategic objective is to minimize our environmental impact,” Skhumbuzo Macozoma, chairman of the Airports Company South Africa Board said in a statement.

“Harnessing solar power is a viable cleaner energy source which contributes towards diversifying the energy mix. This plant will ensure that the airport is self-sustaining in terms of its power needs, and will eventually extend to the broader community within the George municipality,” he added. Read more


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