January 11, 2018

Positive: Solar steam powers homes – and new jobs – in South Africa

South Africa may still get most of its energy from coal, but in the country’s sunny Northern Cape province, a different electricity source is taking hold: solar steam. A Spanish renewable energy company has opened three thermal solar plants — which use the sun’s heat to turn water into steam — in the province. The steam is then used to drive turbines to produce electricity — enough to provide electrical power to just short of a million people, or almost the province’s entire population, according its operators.

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