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Published on : Wednesday, May 18, 2016
In line with the government’s developmental imperatives, energy security priorities and environmental conservation obligations, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has launched its second solar power plant at the Kimberley Airport, in Northern Cape Province.
The construction of the solar plant, which started on Sept 18, last year, was completed within 24 weeks, on April 18, this year, South Africa’s Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said while speaking at the inauguration of the solar farm at the provincial capital’s airport in Kimberly Monday (May 16).
Peters said rigorous practical training and skills transfer to operate and maintain the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) plant was conducted.The solar farm, which is located on 0.7 hectares of land within the airport precinct, uses an 11-kilovolt (kV) sub-station as it its main source of supply, which is also located on airport land.
Kimberley Airport is the second regional airport in South Africa to be powered through solar energy, with the first being George Airport in Western Cape Province, whose solar power plant was opened on Feb 26 this year.The Kimberley Airport solar power plant was built at a cost of about 13 million Rand .