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South Africa commits $ 2.6 M for solar park feasibility study

South Africa has committed R18.6-million to complete a feasibility study for a solar park, in Upington. Localisation options are an integral part of the project.
The feasibility study for the solar park, which would produce 5 000 MW of renewable energy, would be completed by the end of July 2011.

The solar park could host proven and emerging solar technologies including photovoltaic (PV), concentrated PV plants and concentrating solar power technologies, such as power tower and parabolic trough alternatives. When fully developed, it could realise a total investment of more than $20-billion.

NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation had been selected by the Department of Energy to undertake the feasibility study for potential solar park development in the Northern Cape.

A Solar Park Authority would also be established, and bulk infrastructure, such as water, electricity and transport solutions, would be provided for different project developers.

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News date: 07/06/2011

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