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Jees, world's most biased reporting.
Cost per kW:
Jasper - R 30 208 Cost of PV panels (rule of thumb) - $ 1 000
Medupi - R 21 875
My 5kW genny - R 1 700
Turnkey contract for a Russian nuke - R don't know, but I think it was cheaper than Medupi
Cost per kWh (running costs only):
Jasper - R0,55
Don't know the rest, but a journalist <cough, cough> should have found out.
Also, Jasper doesn't work at night [duh], so it's nothing more than a feel-good project for the greens.
Why does the article compare construction costs, but omit to point out that one power station runs on free sunlight, whereas the other one uses coal that has to be mined. Where is the construction cost of the mine, the transportation cost of the coal, the environmental cost of the CO2 being produced etc?
So, do we use candles at night when the sun doesn't shine? or when the cloud cover passes over the panels - will we be shed?
Medupi puts out 50x more power than the solar panels so if you multiply the construction costs and time to build by 50 then the power station wins hand down
Germany learnt their lesson when it comes to renewable energy. Don't put that **** on your grid! Their grid s teetering on the verge of collapse and to make up for the shortfall when the sun goes bye bye, last year the amount of brown coal they burnt was the highest in 20 years. I hope the greens take note of that.
Jaa and it costs 36x more only. It just takes a lot longer to construct though , 11 years !!! Thats a long time to build something