Image of the week 2018-01-24 Solar Energy Project in the Northern Cape Province

Solar Energy Project in the Northern Cape Province

SANSA 2016 SPOT 6/7 national mosaic.

Since 2008 South Africa has been active in looking for potential sources of alternative energy and promoting the use of clean renewable energy in order to meet the country’s critical electricity needs and a target of installing 18 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030. The Department of Energy (http://www.energy.gov.za/) introduced the largest solar projects in 2012.

Jasper Power projects was awarded a preferred bidder status and construction started in October 2013 and began full commercialization a year later.

The project stimulated long-term economic development and created new jobs. So far the project produces 180,000 megawatts hours of energy annually for South African residences and is powering approximately 80,000 homes.

The other solar projects include; Letsatsi solar power projects in Free State, Lesedi solar power in the Northern Cape and the Urban solar farms in Gauteng.

As part of promoting clean renewable energy, the world’s largest energy conference – the World Future Energy Summit on renewable and future solutions, innovation policy and vision was held on the 15th to 18th January 2018, at Abhu Dhabi in South Arabia. (https://www.worldfutureenergysummit.com/#/)

Image downloaded: 25 May 2016.

Image credits:
Produced by SANSA Earth Observation, January 2018.
SPOT6: Airbus Defence & Space.
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