The first solar-powered airport in South Africa has officially been opened in George, making it a first of its kind in Africa.
The new solar-powered airport will operate on cost-effective and renewable sources to generate energy. It is also expected to simultaneously support South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The government is on track in transitioning South Africa to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and green economy. Green transport initiatives form part of government’s strategy to shift the economy towards sustainable industries with low environmental impact.
The majority of the airport’s energy needs will be supplied through 200 square metres of photo-voltaic (PV) panels. PV technology generates electricity from solar radiation, providing a renewable and clean energy source. The first phase will involve generation of 750kW through this clean energy source sufficient to meet the airport’s daily needs. This is, however, expected to increase with plant capacity in future.
This is in alignment with South Africa’s National Climate Change Response Policy, whose objective is to effectively manage climate change impacts through interventions that build and sustain South Africa’s social, economic and environmental resilience and emergency response capacity.
Compiled By: Melissa Jane Cook. Source By: Construction Review. Image: Pixabay