Kalkaar

Kalkaar
300,000 HOMES POWERED
150 MEGAWATTS
(MW)

150 MEGAWATTS (MW)

The Kalkaar CSP Project located in Jacobsdal, Free State Province is a 150 megawatt solar thermal power station using SolarReserve’s proprietary molten salt technology

0 FOSSIL FUEL
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0 EMISSIONS

SolarReserve’s unique solar + storage technology does not require any natural gas backup

690 GIGAWATT-HOURS
POWER PER YEAR
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690 GIGAWATT-HOURS POWER PER YEAR

Storage allows the facility to produce more than twice as much net annual output (gigawatt hours) than an equivalent sized photovoltaic (PV) solar project

1,800 MEGAWATT-HOURS
ENERGY STORAGE

1,800 MEGAWATT-HOURS ENERGY STORAGE

SolarReserve’s patented solar thermal energy storage technology enables reliable, on-demand, energy production – even after dark

12 HRS FULL LOAD
STORAGE

12 HRS FULL LOAD STORAGE

Storage will enable the plant to operate just like a conventional fossil fuel or nuclear power station, reliably generating electricity day and night – except without any emissions or hazardous waste

40 YRS STORAGE WITH
NO DEGRADATION
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40+ YEARS STORAGE WITH NO DEGRADATION

Unlike batteries, molten salt lasts for 40 years or more, without any degradation or need for replacement; it also costs less than batteries

6,000 DIRECT, INDIRECT
AND INDUCED JOBS

6,000 DIRECT, INDIRECT AND INDUCED JOBS

The project will create approximately 6,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs, the majority of which will be in South Africa

800 CONSTRUCTION
JOBS
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800 CONSTRUCTION JOBS

The Kalkaar project is an example of how sustainable solutions, for energy now and in generations to come, foster new industries and create jobs by the thousands

JACOBSDAL, FREE STATE PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA

The Kalkaar Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Project located in the Free State Province is a 150 megawatt solar thermal power station incorporating 12 hours of full load storage (1,800 megawatts-hours). Kalkaar will deliver about 690 gigawatt-hours of power annually – providing fully dispatchable baseload electricity to the network when electricity is needed most. Storage will enable the solar thermal station to operate just like a conventional coal, gas or nuclear power station, reliably generating electricity day and night – except without any emissions. The Kalkaar project was developed in response to the South Africa Department of Energy’s Expedited Round (referred to as Round 4.5) call for CSP projects for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

In addition to helping South Africa meet its electricity needs with zero-emissions power that is available around the clock, the Kalkaar project will bring long lasting economic benefits to the region. The project is expected to create up to 6,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs during construction, the majority of which will be in South Africa, and around 75 long-term jobs during the operations phase. During the construction period, more than 45% of capital costs will be spent on South African content. The project will have over 20% of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) shareholding, and a percentage of total project revenues will be set aside for enterprise and socioeconomic development which will be invested for the benefit of local communities each year.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

  • Location: Jacobsdal, Free State Province, South Africa
  • Technology: Solar Thermal with Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage
  • Size: 150 MW facility output
  • Storage12 hours of full load storage (1,800 MWh), enabling on-demand energy production day and night to meet South Africa’s peak demand periods
  • Electricity Production: 690 gigawatt-hours annually
  • Homes Powered: Equivalent of about 300,000 homes, day and night
  • Dry Cooling: Significantly reduces the use of water, saving millions of litres of water each year
  • Project Status: Advanced development

KEY PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Supports South Africa in meeting its energy supply targets, stimulating long-term economic development, and creating new jobs and businesses
  • Brings the most advanced solar technology to South Africa
  • Energy storage provides a non-intermittent electricity supply to meet South Africa’s peak demand requirements, day and night
  • Completely emission free, with no requirement for natural gas or oil back up
  • Provides long term enterprise and socio-economic development investments for the benefit of local communities
  • 710,000 tonnes of CO2 will be displaced each year

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

  • R3.8 billion of equity investment and R9.7 billion of debt provided by local and international lending institutions
  • More than 45% of capital costs spent on South African content during the construction period
  • More than 20% of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) shareholding
  • Above 1% of total project revenues set aside for Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development, with ED and SED contributions totaling R635 million during operations

JOB CREATION

  • 6,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs created during construction
  • 800 construction jobs on site at peak
  • Equipment and services purchased across South Africa
  • 75 full-time, permanent jobs for operations and maintenance