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Kathu Solar Plant is the largest concentrated solar power plant in South Africa.
The project will supply an estimated 179,000 households with renewable energy and will save six million tonnes of CO2 emissions over a 20-year-period.
Harnessing power from the sun
The plant uses 384,000 large mirrors to reflect sunlight and concentrate the energy from the sun to drive traditional steam turbines that create electricity.
The plant occupies 600 hectares of total facility area with the equivalent of 104 rugby fields as total reflective area.
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A power partnership
We partnered with Engie as co-developers originally, and later participated in both the equity and debt financing of the project. Investec’s infrastructure financing experience assisted in ensuring the project’s bankability at all stages of project establishment.
Fazel Moosa, Consultant, Power and Infrastructure Finance, Investec.
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