19°C / 3°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 3°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 3°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 5°C
  • Thu
  • 20°C
  • 4°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 4°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 5°C
  • Mon
  • 18°C
  • 9°C
  • Tue
  • 21°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 15°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 17°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 25°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 26°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 17°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 15°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 15°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 18°C
  • 6°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 5°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 4°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 6°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 6°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 5°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 7°C
  • Tue
  • 21°C
  • 6°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 7°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 25°C
  • 8°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 25°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 10°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 15°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 16°C
  • 5°C
  • Mon
  • 25°C
  • 16°C
  • Tue
  • 26°C
  • 19°C
  • Wed
  • 25°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 17°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 16°C
  • 12°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 7°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 8°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 6°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 6°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 8°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 6°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 6°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 6°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 6°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 6°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 16°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 14°C
  • 10°C
  • Sat
  • 15°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 5°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 3°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 4°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 5°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 3°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 6°C

It’s up, up and away for Africa's first solar powered airport

Energy developments are expected to be rolled out in other regional airports including Upington and PE.

Solar power generic. Picture: Free Images
Airports Company South Africa ACSA,Solar energy,George Airport
Local Business

CAPE TOWN - Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) says in the next 18 months solar farms will be erected to power five regional airports.

Speaking at the launch of the first airport solar farm in George today, Acsa executive Andre Vermeulen says airport upgrades in Kimberley and Upington will be completed by the end of the year.

The R16 million projects kicked off in March last year and was completed two months ahead of schedule in October.

At least 3,000 solar panels were unveiled in the garden route to minimize the airport’s grid dependency.

The 200 square feet power plant, adjacent to the George Airport, supplies 41 percent of the airport’s daily energy demand.

Similar energy developments are expected to be rolled out in other regional airports including Kimberly, Upington and Port Elizabeth.

Vermeulen says, “We have to have, in the next year and a half, all the plants completed. In Port Elizabeth, we want to collaborate with the university to see if we can set up some kind test facility to test some of the different types of alternative energy sources and get engineering students to partake in that.”

Officials say surplus energy generated from the airport’s photo voltaic panels will be sold to Eskom.

With a shelf life of up to 30 years, they hope the plant can ultimately produce enough surplus energy to help reduce the power demand of the greater George municipality.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN reserves the right to close comments on selected content pages.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.