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Acsa to sell surplus from solar-powered airport to Eskom

Africa’s first solar efficient facility will be unveiled in an official ceremony in George today.

George Airport. Picture: George Airport Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) said surplus electricity generated from its George solar powered airport will be sold to Eskom.

Africa's first solar efficient facility will be unveiled in an official ceremony in the Southern Cape Town today.

The energy upgrades to the airport "dubbed the Gateway to the Garden Route" took eight months to complete and cost R16 million.

It's only the second airport globally equipped to generate its own energy.

George airport manager Brenda Vorster believes the move will encourage other enterprises to follow suit.

"Our hope to be the first airport is that we inspire many more airports because it's really a 24-hour industry that we start tapping into and helping the community in going green."

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and George Mayor Charles Standers are among the dignitaries expected to arrive for the official unveiling later today.