South Africa

Abengoa, IDC and PIC inaugurate Xina Solar One, their third concentrated solar power plant in South Africa

XiNa Solar One, with a capacity of 100 MW, provides clean, sustainable and dispatchable electrical energy to 95 000 South African households, especially in peak hours, thanks to its 5½ hours storage system. The power plant provides renewable energy to a country that is still heavily dependent on fossil fuels. [...]

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe will on Friday launch the Xina Solar One Concentrated Solar Power Project in the Northern Cape

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe will on Friday launch the Xina Solar One Concentrated Solar Power Project in the Northern Cape. The Solar One is one of 7 Concentrated Solar Power Projects under the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Taking place in Pofadder the launch is [...]

Significant progress made on 100MW parabolic trough Ilanga Concentrated Solar Power plant

100MW parabolic trough concentrated solar power plant Ilanga CSP 1, together with Xina Solar One is among the Round 3 CSP projects under South African Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). As Siyabonga Mbanjwa, Managing Director-South Africa in SENER shares on social media, significant [...]

Abengoa will launch its third large-scale concentrated solar power plant in South Africa on May 18

Spanish multinational Abengoa will officially launch its third large-scale solar thermal plant in South Africa on May 18, near Pofadder in the Northern Cape. It is expected to have an impact on the local community and demonstrate the viability of renewable energy as a sustainable source of electricity. The parabolic [...]

South Africa urged to consider Concentrated Solar Power -PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation

International technology and infrastructure group Abengoa, which has developed a portfolio of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, believes blending CSP with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is the logical next step for lowering CSP costs, while also producing dispatchable solar power. The Spanish group recently completed construction [...]

A Word with Pancho Ndebele, Founder & CEO of Emvelo, Chairman of the Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association (SASTELA)

Renewable energy entrepreneur and CSP pioneer in South Africa, Pancho Ndebele, talks about the prospects of Concentrating Solar Power and highlights lessons that other countries could draw from South Africa’s renewable energy experience. By Carlos Márquez CM. South Africa ran its renewable energy procurement program, that included 600 MW [...]

South Africa’s Redstone Concentrated Solar Power project gets power purchase agreement

The South African government has finally signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for SolarReserve and ACWA Power’s 100 MW Redstone CSP project, ending more than two years of delays. South African energy minister Jeff Radebe confirmed the news on Twitter. He announced that the South African government had signed [...]

A new concentrated solar power tower in the Northern Cape will be the second tallest building in SA

As part of the South African Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), a consortium led by SolarReserve and International Company for Power and Water (ACWA Power) have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eskom, South Africa’s public electric utility company, for the Redstone [...]

Eskom to sign 27 renewable energy projects

South Africa's state power utility Eskom will sign purchase agreements with independent producers for 27 renewable energy projects next week that will generate 56 billion rand ($4.7 billion) in investments, the energy minister said on Thursday. The minister was adamant that the signing of the 27 projects would go ahead [...]

Kathu Solar Park Concentrated Solar Power plant synchronises to Eskom’s grid

As of 23 February 2018, Kathu Solar Park Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant has been feeding 100MW of power to Eskom’s electricity grid via a 132kV distribution line. Main and auxiliary transformers have been energised, which represents a relevant milestone for the solar thermal power plant commissioning activities. Kathu [...]

Eltherm South Africa Lands Kathu Concentrated Solar Power Plant Heat Tracing Contract

eltherm South Africa has been awarded the electrical heat tracing (EHT) system design and installation contract for the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) plant in the Northern Cape. The contract also confirms eltherm’s dominance in the provision of EHT for CSP plants worldwide. The Kathu [...]

Concentrated Solar Power 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 create electricity - in [...]

Eskom to sign Redstone Concentrated Solar Power in South Africa

At the Energy Indaba in Johannasburg, South Africa’s new Energy Minister, David Mahlobo announced that he has now signed off on the 27 outstanding renewable energy contracts that the state-owned electricity company Eskom has failed to honor for a year and a half, including Redstone. ACWA Power South Africa Deputy [...]