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ENGIE completes 100MW solar-plus-storage project in South Africa

Renew Economy:

French electric utility ENGIE has completed and begun production from one of South Africa’s largest renewable energy projects, the 100MW Kathu Solar Park, a concentrated solar plant (CSP) with storage located in the Northern Cape province.

The Kathu Solar Park consists of parabolic trough technology and is equipped with a molten salt storage system that provides up to 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage. The site is made up of over 384,000 mirrors and is the first CSP project developed by ENGIE.

It was built by Sener and Acciona and won a 20-year power purchase agreement under South Africa’s stop-start Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPP).

The Kathu Solar Park is expected to provide clean electricity for the equivalent of 179,000 South African homes – specifically in the local community of the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, the Northern Cape province, and South Africa as a whole.

Further, it is expected that the Park will save around six million tonnes of CO2 over 20 years and will further foster local economic development through several ground-level projects, including a trust for the benefit of communities situated in the Northern Cape, as well as sourcing services from local entrepreneurs.

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