Abengoa begins work on Xina Solar One in South Africa


The construction of Xina Solar One, part of the largest solar power complex in Africa, has now begun. The plant will be placed into service in the third quarter of 2017.

This 100 megawatt (MW) solar power plant from Abengoa, will have parabolic trough technology and five hour energy storage capacity using molten salts. In this manner the plant will be able to supply power even when there is no sunlight. The total cost of the project will be about $1 billion.

Xina Solar One will be part of Africa’s largest solar power complex. Construction has already begun and the facility is expected to enter service in the third quarter of 2017. Building the plant will create up to 1,300 jobs while its operation and maintenance post-construction will require a staff of 45. Xina Solar One will supply clean energy to Eskom, South Africa’s electric utility company, under an energy supply agreement spanning 20 years.

Abengoa applies technological solutions to provide sustainable and environmentally-friendly energy. The company has entered into an energy supply contract and guaranteed financing of Xina Solar One, together with its local partners Industrial Development Corporation, Public Investment Corporation and KaXu Community Trust.