Gables shopping centre in eSwatini applies for 1.35MW rooftop solar license

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  • The Gables shopping centre in Ezulwini, Eswatini, has applied to the Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority (ESERA) for a generation licence for a proposed 1.35 MW rooftop solar PV system for commercial use. 
  • This is according to a public notice issued by ESERA last week, inviting any objections towards this proposed project.

eSwatini, who relies on the bulk of thier power through imports from South Africa, has since an uptick in self generation solar PV at point of use. OK Foods has taken a step towards investing in solar energy. He said the main aim was to cut electricity costs, and to also reduce the consumption burden. Ok Foods has mounted solar panels in some of its outlets, including the Ngwane Park and Mbabane outlets.

The Government of Eswatini, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funds from the Italian government, recently commissioned a 1MW solar plant at the RFM Hospital. The solar power plant will assist the hospital save power costs by 80 per cent to provide more services at one of Eswatini’s largest healthcare facilities.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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