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George Airport will soon run off solar energy

The airport will be implementing its solar energy project next month.

George Airport. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - George Airport is set to become the first national airport to partially run off solar energy.

The airport will be implementing its solar energy project next month.

Engineers will reportedly install panels which will generate sufficient electricity through harnessing energy from the sun.

This will be done in phases.

Airport Manager Brenda Vorster said, "The airport will never be independent of the grid. We will always be using part of it. The first phase will supply 41 percent of our requirements. This will increase with plant capacity in future and the design of the current plant was done in a manner to facilitate cost-effective future extensions."