Kimberley Airport solar plant hailed as a ‘big step’

The new Kimberley Airport solar plant is expected to produce over 900,000 kilowatt hours per year.

To date, it has already produced more than 140,000 kilowatt hours. Transport Department ‏@DoTransport.

CAPE TOWN - The transport minister has praised the Kimberley Airport solar plant saying it's a big step in the plan to remove all the regional airports from the electricity grid.

Minister Dipuo Peters spoke at the official opening of the power plant in Kimberley, Northern Cape, yesterday.

Peters says the new Kimberley Airport solar plant will produce over 900,000 kilowatt hours per year.

This is in a bid to make the city's airport more self-sufficient.

Construction of the plant started in September, with officials flicking on the switch last month.

To date, it has already produced more than 140,000 kilowatt hours.

Peters says East London, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth will be the next three airports to get solar power plants.