Robben Island goes green

ROBBEN ISLAND GOES GREEN

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ROBBEN ISLAND GOES GREEN

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The Robben Island retrofit project, which is part of the Department of Tourism’s Incentive Programme (TIP), aims to prioritise the use of renewable energy systems in a bid to enhance sustainability of the industry, reduce the carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency of tourism operations.

The Robben Island project will be completed by April next year.

Robben Island forms part of a pilot phase of the TIP project, which will look at other strategic and iconic attractions such as South African National Parks and South African National Botanical Gardens.

“The project is a necessary step that will drive not only Robben Island but the industry at large, towards the ‘green’ imperative. Robben Island is currently dependent on expensive diesel units for its power needs. Solar energy is a renewable, clean and cost-efficient solution for this iconic tourist attraction. The installation of a solar photovoltaic system will reduce input costs for tourism operations at the museum,” said Lynette Skriker, Director: External Communications for the Department of Tourism.

Skriker said the solar power project at Robben Island would increase and sustain tourism in Cape Town. “The island is a well-visited iconic site. It will now also become a beacon of sustainability, pointing the way forward for other state attractions and private enterprises to follow suit.”

Source: www.tourismupdate.co.za 

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