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
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