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Coega implements a 4.5 MW Solar Rooftop on its buildings - published 18 Oct 2021

Coega implements a 4.5 MW Solar Rooftop on its buildings - a tool for Green Industrialisation.

Identified Coega Buildings for solar rooftop installation.

Gqeberha, 18 October 2021 - The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is accelerating the greening of its buildings and the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) with the rollout of the Coega Solar Rooftop Project (CSRP) that will initially see the implementation of 4,5 MW PV systems on rooftops of buildings in the Coega SEZ. This is in addition to the solar panels that are already powering the CDC headquarters in the SEZ. The CSRP will be done in phases with the first phase encompassing five (5) buildings. “The first phase is to pilot the solution and ensure the resolution of any potential challenges before implementing phase two,” says Khuthala Somdaka, CDC Project Development Officer.

The next phase comprises of the installation of Solar PV systems to more than twenty (20) buildings, adds Somdaka.

“The project scope for phase one includes design, supply, installation, as well as Operations and Maintenance (O&M). In line with CDC’s corporate objectives of socio-economic upliftment and skills development within the environment it operates in. Phase one of the project plans to benefit SMME participation and enhance the transfer of skills”, highlights Somdaka.

The Coega Solar Rooftop project is implemented to allow energy flexibility and ensure energy security for CDC tenants, especially energy intensive users. Moreover, a bigger view as an organisation is to develop a number of strategies to implement in order to decrease energy consumption and ultimately, to contribute to the reduction of carbon footprint and to mitigate climate change. This is in line with other sustainability initiatives, and the Government’s recently approved Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which seek to lower SA’s carbon emissions.

The CDC sees energy as the tool for industrialization as well as to retain existing investment and catalyse attraction of new investment into the SEZ.
In concluding Khuthala Somdaka highlights, “the CDC has made provision for energy to be amongst the key drivers for sustainability. Furthermore, CDC energy strategy going forward intends to grow and develop more renewable energy solutions even outside the SEZ, specifically across the country, within the programs that the CDC is implementing, as well as the projects that it is undertaking in the continent.”

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