The Gauteng Provincial Government is to spend R11 billion for a large scale roll-out of solar panels on all state-owned buildings across the province.
This will result in the generation of electricity, which will be in line with the National Development Plan’s call to implement renewable energy initiatives.
Speaking at the South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation (SABTACO) at the Birchwood Hotel on Thursday, Gauteng’s Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu said the investment was amongst several infrastructure commitments that she would carry out in the current financial year.
“This will enable us to harness the sun’s rays to meet, in part, government’s energy needs.
“We have quantified the available roof top space on government-owned buildings to be approximately eight million square meters.