South Africa to build world's largest solar energy park
28 October 2010
South Africa has unveiled plans for what will be the world's largest solar park, which will significantly improve the energy infrastructure of the country.
The project will cost 200 billion rand (£18 billion) and is much needed in a country that is still 90 per cent dependent on coal-fired power stations, the Guardian reports.
After ten years of being in operation, the hope is the scheme, which will see giant mirrors and solar panels spread across the Northern Cape province, could produce five gigawatts - one-tenth of the country's current energy supply.
Jonathan de Vries, the project manager, noted it could be the first of many solar parks if it is successful.
"If this proves to be cost competitive with coal and nuclear, the government will roll out more. This is a very bold attempt," he told the news provider.
The country is currently trying to get enough investors to back the programme.