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South Africa: Spain to launch Massive Clean Green Electricity Plant

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Monday, 07 May 2018

South Africa: Spain to launch Massive Clean Green Electricity Plant

Spanish multinational Abengoa will officially launch its third large-scale solar thermal plant in South Africa on May 18, near Pofadder in the Northern Cape. It is expected to have an impact on the local community and demonstrate the viability of renewable energy as a sustainable source of electricity. The parabolic thermal installation, Xina Solar One, has a total installed capacity of 100MW and follows the launch of KaXu and Khi, making it the largest such system in Africa. "Khi, KaXu and Xina Solar One, all together, reach an installed capacity of 250MW of renewable and dispatchable energy, offset 831 000 tons of CO2 emissions every year and supply upward of 220 000 homes," Dominic Goncalves, vice-president of business development at Abengoa South Africa told News24. He said that the project delivered 1 800 jobs during the construction phase and is expected to create 80 permanent jobs during the operational phase over the next 20 years. "Our commitment, after achieving the practical completion of the plant, is to employ 70% South African people, although we are focusing on reaching 100%," said Goncalves. Solar thermal plants such as Xina Solar One typically use a set of parabolic mirrors to reflect the sun's rays to a central tower hub which contains a salt.Under the extreme heat, the salt melts and this is in turn used to heat water and the steam from the water is used to turn a turbine, creating electricity.

Source: AllAfrica