Africa's first solar powered airport has opened in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. During the first stage of its clean energy plan, George Airport will receive about 41 percent of its energy from solar panels installed at a cost of nearly $1 million. The goal is to eventually supply the airport's entire energy needs with solar power. The airport's operator, Airports Company South Africa, wants to expand its solar generation to power all nine of its airports. "The airport won't be an exception," says renewable energy expert Chukwuemeka Ukwuaba. "Airports being the gateway to businesses, will bring about economic improvement in the country, something South Africans need." Read more at Quartz, or from AFK Insider.
Tata Motors has pledged to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable resources. It is the second Indian firm to join the RE100 initiative, wherein companies commit to 100 percent renewable power. Tata did not set a date for achieving this goal, but the company's Chief Sustainability Officer Arvind Bodhankar says it is achievable, and that RE100 "offers a powerful network to support and celebrate businesses increasing their use of renewable power." Tata currently sources about eight percent of its power from renewables – specifically wind and solar. Read more from Business Green.