SA launches third solar powered airport

The Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, has unveiled a solar plant at Upington International Airport in the Northern Cape on Friday - marking the third green energy airport in South Africa.

The solar plant, a clean energy source, will supply the airport with a viable alternative source of electricity.

It was built by the agency of the National Department of Transport, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), which is committed to reduce load shedding on the country’s constrained power grid.

Upington International Airport Solar Plant is the second of its kind in the Northern Cape Province. The first Solar Plant in the province was launched by Minister Peters at Kimberly Airport in May this year after launching another one at the George Airport in the Western Cape Province in February.

In total, South Africa now has three solar powered airports.

Construction of the facility commenced on 7 October 2015. The Airports Council International recently named Upington the best airport in Africa that services fewer than two million passengers per year.

According to the Department of Transport, the solar plant in Upington has a lifespan of 25 years, with an average power consumption of 91 296b KWh per month.

ACSA aims to complete solar plants at all six its regional airports at an estimated total cost of R90 million. The other three remaining regional airports are Port Elizabeth International Airport, East London Airport and Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein.

Source: Traveller24