Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Solar and 8-million Square Metres of Available Roof-Top Space

South Africa: Gauteng Plans R11bn Solar Panel Rollout
30 August 2013 - South Africa's Gauteng province plans to spend R11-billion installing solar panels on all its state-owned buildings, and also has "ambitious plans" to invest in natural gas infrastructure in the province, says Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu.

Speaking at a meeting of the SA Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation in Johannesburg on Thursday, Mahlangu said there was approximately 8-million square metres of roof-top space available on government-owned buildings in the province

"Our calculations indicate that a mass roll-out of solar panels on government roof-tops will come at a cost of about R11.2-billion and lead to the generation of up to 300 MW of electricity."

Mahlangu said the investment would be in line with the province's integrated energy strategy, and was one of several infrastructure projects that her department would initiate in the current financial year. read more>>>

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