In recent months two major solar power plants went live, while two even larger concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) plants were announced.
SolarReserve announced on 11 November 2014 that the 96 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) Jasper solar power project was completed and fully operational.
The Sishen Solar Energy Facility came online in December 2014, with an estimated 216GWh per year of electricity generation.
In January the Department of Energy announced the construction of two new CSP plants, which will be built in the Northern Cape.
The Kathu Solar Park and Redstone Solar Thermal Power project, both of which will have 100MW capacity, are part of the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
These solar power plants complement other large solar installations, including the Kalkbult Solar Park, Lesedi Solar Park, and Letsatsi Solar Park.
MyBroadband looked at some of South Africa’s existing and planned solar power plants.