SOUTH AFRICA : South Africa aims to empower four airports with solar energy.

According to Airports Company South Africa s (ACSA) Saturday

announcements, South Africa s four airports will be powered by solar

energy if the proposal gets final shaped, and the locations for

photovoltaic facilities will be OR Tambo International, Bloemfontein ,

Kimberley , as well as Upington airports.

The ACSA spokesperson Solomon Makgale said that these airports will

be equipped with solar power installations to jointly produce power of

20MW. He further said that to empower the airports with solar energy is

a vital move seeing the country s mounting power shortage.

However, a preliminary feasibility study for installing the

photovoltaic solar panels was done in April 20111 and now ACSA is

waiting for the sanctions from appropriate authorities like the

Department of Energy.

Once the approval is obtained, OR Tambo International will see a

roof-top installation on the parkade complex, and after completion, it

is likely to supply the ACSA s substation for around 2 decades.

South Africa s move towards developing renewable energy segment is

really noteworthy. The government has inked an agreement with business

communities on last Thursday, called The Green Economy Accord , under

which the government promises to secure commitments for the supply of 3,

725 MW of renewable energy by 2016 .

The government to realize this dream, has decided to make 22

billion rand (about 2.8 billion U.S. dollars) available for eco-friendly

power projects in the next five years and providing an additional three

billion rand (375 million dollars) for making of green products as well

as parts.

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