The Khi Solar One plant is located on a 600 hectare site close to SA Northern Cape Province's town of Upington. It will use concentrated solar technology that harnesses solar radiation by focusing it onto a small area to produce steam, which drives a turbine and produces electricity. Advanced dry cooling technology will reduce water consumption by two thirds.
The plant will sell its electricity to Eskom for 20 years, as agreed under a power purchase agreement (PPA). An average of 600 construction jobs will be created during the construction period and there will be about 35 fulltime plant operations employees. The plant will be able to store thermal energy for two hours and will prevent about 183,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, ESI-Africa
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