Construction on the first utility-scale concentrating solar power plants (CSP) in Africa has been announced. The plants will have a combined capacity of 150 MW. The output from the plants will be purchased by Eskom.
Technically the most interesting aspect of these plants is that to minimize water use, both plants will employ dry cooling technology. Dry cooling is critical technology in deserts such a those in South Africa and the Sahara (e.g., Desertec) where the need for water for evaporative cooling for conventional CSP plants has inhibited the deployment of CSP plants.