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Project Overview of Kaxu Solar One CSP Plant

Reported from CSPPLAZA: KaXu Solar One is South Africa’s first concentrated solar power plant using parabolic trough technology.

The solar thermal power plant, expected to operate for 30 years, using the dry cooling method and provide 2.5 hours of thermal storage capacity using a two-tank indirect molten salt based thermal energy storage system. The stored thermal energy can be used to generate electricity for five hours after the sunset.

KaXu Solar One is one of the 28 renewable energy projects announced by the South African Department of Energy (DoE) in 2011. South Africa has set a goal to achieve up to 17,800MW of renewable energy by 2030 in an effort to reduce its dependence on oil and natural gas resources.

Project Schedule:

●March 2, 2015,connected to the grid
●November 2012, Ground breaking

Project Participants

KaXu is jointly owned by Abengoa Solar (51%), the Industrial Development Corporation (29%), and a community trust (20%).

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