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Khi Solar One kicks into commercial operation

Africa’s first solar thermal tower technology power plant, Khi Solar One, has commenced commercial operation.

Located in South Africa’s Northern Province, the power plant has an installed generation of 50MW, enough power to electrify 45,000 local households.


Spanish-based clean power solutions firm, Abengoa, was responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of the plant. The energy solutions company has a 51% stake in the project; the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), one of South Africa’s development finance institutions, holds 29%; and Khi Community Trust holds the remaining 20%, the Spanish firm said in a company statement on Friday.


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