Khi Solar One
|The Spanish company Abengoa Solar has specialised in building grid-scale solar power plants in Spain, USA, United Arab Emirates and South America. The Department of Energy has awarded Abengoa a contract to build the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), to be called Khi Solar One, on a 600 hectare site near Upington|
The 50MW solar tower will be Abengoa's first CSP project outside of Spain. This plant represents important technological advances in efficiency as it uses higher temperatures during the generation process. The plant will also use the technologically advanced dry cooling, which reduces water consumption by 80%.
An average of 600 construction jobs will be created during the construction period and around 35 full-time plant operations employees. It will have 2 hours of thermal storage so that during the peak hours, when the sun is setting, it can still help provide electricity for the nation. It will prevent approximately 183,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
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