The Jasper Solar Farm is fully operational to power up to 80 000 homes in South Africa. With a $12 million (R171 million) investment from Google, it forms the beginning of an alternative power energy source for the future South Africa.
It has a rated capacity of 96 megawatts and will produce about 180,000 hours of clean energy annually for South African residents.
The farm won’t stay the biggest solar project for long. A 100-megawatt concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) project called Redstone is also under construction in Postmasburg, near Kimberley. The Jasper Project generated about 1 million man-hours of paid work during construction, peaking at over 800 on-site construction jobs.
45% of the total project value was spent on “local content” to help increase the positive economic impact on the area.