Last week, the Eden District Municipality (Eden DM), officially launched the construction works of a Photovoltaic (PV) Plant at its main building in York Street, George.
The erecting of the 476 solar panels, is foreseen to be an effective way in which the Municipality can save costs in the long run and reduce its carbon footprint, by generating energy to supply its main building, including its 24/7 Disaster Management Centre, with electricity.
Situated in the employee parking area, behind the building, the plant will have a capacity of 150 kW in peak time (11:00 to 14:00).
The existing shade cloth parking structures were replaced with more robust structures onto which the solar panels will be mounted. The parking area will still be utilised by the employees. According to Eden DM’s Manager: Bulk Infrastructure Services, Mr Faan Van der Merwe, each panel will be capable of generating 260 watts of power and will supply electrical energy to the Municipality’s main building by means of six grid-tied inverters, each capable of supplying 25 kW. “The grid tied inverter controls the power output, based on the demand of the building, the amount of sunlight available and hence the generator’s output,” Mr Van der Merwe added.