In just 18 months, a pioneering 128 Megawatt power plant – which combines solar photovoltaic, wind and lithium-ion battery storage – could be built in the Karoo, making it the largest hybrid energy project in Africa. Business Insider reports that the plant, which will be developed by Cape Town-based project developer G7 Renewable Energies, will use wind turbines and solar photovoltaic array, combined with battery storage, regulated by a hybrid controller that will send power to the grid as needed. According to co-founder of G7 Renewable Energies, Dr Killian Hagemann, any excess power generated will be stored in lithium batteries to then be used to supplement wind and PV production when the wind isn’t blowing, or the sun isn’t shining.