With rising electricity costs amid a national energy crisis the eThekwini municipality is embarking on a R10 million solar panel project that aims to use the sun’s energy to power several municipal buildings, including the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the metro police headquarters and uShaka Marine World.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will be installed on nine municipal rooftops and will be able to generate 500kw of power - enough to power more than 200 homes during the day.
A tender for the R10 million project will be advertised next year. The project is aligned to a national plan to encourage metropolises, businesses and residences to shift to renewable energy.
Ethekwini municipal spokeswoman, Tozi Mthethwa said the PV project was initiated through the Durban Solar City Framework that aims to create an “enabling environment” for solar PV installations.
“The primary aim of the project is to provide opportunities for learning about photovoltaic installations for municipal officials and the public and to showcase that eThekwini Municipality is leading by example in applying renewable energy technologies.”