Airports Company South Africa has today launched its first 200m2 solar power plant at George Airport in the Western Cape, further demonstrating its commitment to clean energy generation and sustainability. George Airport is Africa’s first, and currently the only regional airport in South Africa, to be powered through solar energy.
In April 2015 the South African government announced the fourth round of successful bidders of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP,) and have projected that approximately 1000 megawatts (MW) of power will added to the national grid as a result of these projects.
Maloba Tshehla, Renewable Energy Sector Manager at Greencape, tells Cape Business News about previous and upcoming renewabkle projects in the Western Cape and South Africa. Tshehla also shares how the average businessman or woman can bring renewable energy into his/ her business.
“The renewable energy projects that have been connected and operated [with the REIPPP] into the grid have been seen to have saved the economy roughly R800m.”
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“The rising cost of energy paired with the unreliability of the national electricity supplier has become a growing concern for SA businesses that are heavily dependent on electricity supply. In the light of this many business owners are starting to consider renewable sources of energy such as Photovoltaic (PV) solutions – better known as solar power –as a sustainable energy source, which is now accessible without risking upfront capital.”
A multimillion-rand manufacturing facility will be opened in Cape Town by SMA Solar Technology, a German manufacturer of solar inverters today.
Nine projects addressing sustainability issues including water management, healthcare, solar energy and transport have been awarded over half a million Rand as part of the #cocreateSA Fund. An initiative of the Dutch Consulate General, the fund is the legacy of its World Design Capital 2014 programme, Department of Design.
Lourensford has reinforced its reputation for conservation of the beautiful natural environment of this well-known wine estate in Somerset West by investing in solar energy. More than R7m has been spent on the installation of a modern 500kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of the winery.
Solar photovoltaic (PV)-generated electricity is a key energy source poised to meet Africa’s rapidly growing energy demand, which cannot be met by traditional sources alone.