Solar training offered

2017-08-30 06:02
The Kathu Solar Park recently passed the 50% completion stage and is scheduled to begin production in September next year. Photo: Supplied

The Kathu Solar Park recently passed the 50% completion stage and is scheduled to begin production in September next year. Photo: Supplied

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The Kathu Solar Park (KSP) is building a 100 MW solar plant in the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) district.

The project has recently passed the 50% completion stage and is scheduled to begin production in September next year.

KSP will use the concentrated power of the Kalahari sun to provide power to 179 000 South African homes. The project can store 4,5 hours of renewable solar energy to produce electricity for the Eskom grid even after the sun is down.

It has already worked 1,75 million man hours at this point in construction, 40% of the jobs on the project have been allocated to local persons and 42,57% of the content of the project is South African.

As the project looks forward to the operational phase, KSP is providing a unique opportunity to the JTG community to get involved by attending the concentrated solar power (CSP) training programme.

This training will be conducted by KSP to allow the community to understand the inner workings of the CSP plant.

The training will also allow local persons to build skills and knowledge required to apply for operation and maintenance positions, which will be opening soon at KSP.

Furthermore, the training will allow the participants to develop entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to develop “smart business plans” to provide support services and businesses.

To allow for maximum participation in the training, it will provide candidates who qualify with the following:

  • a learning stipend to be paid to trainees for the duration of the training;
  • housing and meals;
  • the initial phase of the training programme will last four to six weeks and is specifically designed to build skills that will allow the trainees to get certified and obtain a credential that is currently in the SAQA accreditation process; and
  • successful trainees will be offered further paid training.

KSP looks forward to the successful implementation of its training programme and furthering their commitment to JTG community members.

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