GREEN POWER: The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is getting ready to install solar panels on rooftops of buildings located in the Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in Nelson Mandela Bay.
THE Coega Development Corporation announced that the roofs of about 15 of its buildings within the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) will be fitted with solar panels.
These CDC buildings have a collective roof space of 127 000 square meters. A request for proposals for the solar panel rooftop solution has already been issued by the CDC.
The project forms part of the organisation’s commitment to renewable energy as an important source of energy security.
“Existing buildings lend themselves well to rooftop solar panel installations. This project entails retrofitting roofs of the industrial buildings in the Coega IDZ,” said CDC Business Development Manager: Energy Sandisiwe Ncemane.
“We are also building a number of new industrial facilities, which will be designed to enable the implementation of solar power solutions on the roofs. CDC facilities to be built for investors are projected to provide a further 125 000 square meters of industrial space over the next five years.”
Ncemane said due to the energy and climate change crisis in South Africa, the creation of power through solar harvesting is an important priority and opportunity for the country.
“Electricity generated from the sun is a significant contributor to the needs of sustainable electricity output solutions, and can deliver economic benefits to the country.”
The CDC has also built momentum on its Renewable Energy (RE) strategy by attracting and sustaining domestic and foreign direct investment in energy projects, which includes several green energy components manufacturing industries in wind power generation, solar energy harvesting and bioenergy.
CDC Head of Marketing and Communications Dr Ayanda Vilakazi said, “Investment in solar energy will position the Coega IDZ as a green IDZ with efficient energy at lower costs. This is also aimed at creating further value for the CDC investors as Energy has been key to economic development world-wide.”