Solar power South Africa: George airport runs entirely on energy garnered from the sun – TomoNews

GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA — The South African city of George is home to Africa’s first — and world’s second — fully operational solar powered airport.

George Airport last September became powered entirely by solar energy. According to an AFP article used by France24, this move lowered its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1000 tonnes.

The hub runs on energy garnered by some 2,000 solar panels. These power everything from the ATMs, restaurants to the check-in desk and airport control tower. Excess energy is transferred to nearby homes and other places a local power grid.

South Africa is already developing two other solar powered airports in the city of Kimberly and town of Upington.

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