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Africa’s first solar powered airport to launch tomorrow

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters will be in the Eden district to launch the R16 million solar power upgrade.

Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - Africa's first solar powered airport will be unveiled in George tomorrow.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters will be in the Eden district to launch the R16 million solar power upgrade.

The solar power energy project, that kicked off in March last year, was completed two months ahead of schedule in October.

The initiative has been rolled out in phases and will minimize the airport's grid dependency.

George airport manager, Brenda Vorster says, "The fact that we are going to be the first to go green is amazing. It's a stepping stone. At night we go on to the grid, but during the day we are on green."

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