George airport set to run entirely off solar energy

[Cape Town] Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has officially launched Africa’s first solar powered airport in George.

The department launched its Solar Power Plant at George Airport in the Western Cape, spearheaded by the Agency of the Department of Transport, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).

“A 200 square metre clean energy source has been designed to supply the airport with 750kw of its total electricity needs.”

If successful, the airport is set to become the first airport nationally to run entirely off solar energy.

The George Herald reports, the purpose of the solar development is to supply George Airport with its own electricity source for daily operation, and not to sell off surplus energy through Eskom.

“In making use of solar energy, the ACSA George Airport will not only operate on a clean and renewable energy source, but will also be self-reliant as far as energy provision is concerned, lessening the burden on the local energy grid,” the airport said.

Currently George Airport handles about 600 000 passengers each year, serving as a popular launch pad for the Garden Route’s tourist hotspots.

This story first appeared on Traveller24.