Gauteng government recommissions 50MW open gas turbine and rolls out solar power at health care institutions

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  • The partnership between Gauteng Provincial Government and the City Power has yielded positive outcomes with the switch on of a recommissioned open gas turbine at the John Ware power station in Fordsburg, Johannesburg on Wednesday, 17 April 2024.
  • The Gauteng government has also rolled out solar PV/battery hybrid systems at 27 prioritised health institutions across the province.

The launch of the substation forms part of the provincial government’s energy plan to add 100 megawatts of electricity to the grid to mitigate the impact of load shedding in Gauteng. The substation, which was renamed after the late City of Johannesburg Mayor, Mpho Moerane will generate 50 megawatts of electricity into the grid.

Addressing the launch, Premier Lesufi said: “Today we are demonstrating to our opponents that 18 months ago this municipality did not have 50 megawatts and today we are contributing 50 megawatts that was not there and that’s the commitment that we are making. Next month we are bringing another 100 megawatts and by the next the financial year we will have added 200 to 300 megawatts that was not there…something we should have done many years ago.”

Image credit: Lebogang Maile – X –

The total combined capacity of the 27 solar installations amounts to 6.3 MWh, while the combined battery storage component adds up to a total of 15.6 MWh. The new power generation systems have been installed at eleven public hospitals, nine primary healthcare clinics, and eight community healthcare centres throughout the province. A twenty-eighth facility will be integrated next month according to Gauteng Human Settlements and Infrastructure Development MEC Lebogang Maile.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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