Solar park enters commercial operation

The Kathu Solar Park, which was constructed by Sener and Acciona Industrial, came into commercial operation recently. With an installed capacity of 100 MW, it will allow clean energy to be supplied to 179 000 homes in the Northern Cape Province and prevent the emission of 6-million t CO2 into the atmosphere over the next 20 years. The plant incorporates parabolic trough collectors and a molten salt storage system which enables heat from the solar park to be stored and

electricity to be generated in the absence of solar radiation. This molten salt storage system, which provides up to five hours of power generation, extends the operational capacity of the plant after sundown and on cloudy days. Kathu Solar Park was one of the projects awarded during bid window 3.5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) by the South African Department of Energy (DoE).

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