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South Africa's first grid tied PV plant unveiled in Ekurhuleni

The City of Ekurhuleni showed its commitment to promote low carbon technologies when executive mayor, Mondli Gungubele officially unveiled what is claimed to be the first and only solar plant in the country in Wattville, outside Benoni, on Friday.
The solar power plant, situated at the environmentally friendly OR Tambo Precinct, has a installed capacity of 200 kW through 860 PV (photovoltaic) solar panels on 2,500 m2 of land generating enough energy to power about 133 low cost houses.

Gungubele said the solar power is a sign of human care by the City in terms of improving the living conditions of residents. 'This solar plant is also signaling greater things to come in our City,' he said.

He said the City is committed to promote the up-take of renewable energy as this will enhance them to become a progressive low carbon friendly City.

The launch of the renewable energy project is in line with Ekurhuleni's Energy Strategy that identifies proactive promotion of green power as key for creating a sustainable future for the municipality.

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News date: 12/10/2012

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