South Africa

$658m deal signed to 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in South Africa

Saudi company ACWA Power, which operates in the fields of power generation and desalination in more than 10 countries, has announced plans to invest $658 million in South Africa. An announcement on Friday said this will help to boost trade and investment links between Saudi Arabia and the African [...]

KaXu Solar One I Concentrated Solar Power in South Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is one of the largest development finance institutions supporting the private sector in emerging markets. IFC was responsible for facilitating the structuring of the financing package for the KaXu Solar One project located in South Africa. [...]

Melt 1.030Ton/day of Salt with one Melting Furnace in KATHU Concentrated Solar Power Plant

Herlogas has achieved a New Record in KATHU CSP Plant, “Melt 1.030Ton/day of Salt with one Melting Furnace”. In this project Herlogas has completed the process of melting 45,264 tons of salt in 52 days, achieving a new record of averaging 870 tons/day. Herlogas has also been responsible for heating [...]

South Africa leaves out Concentrated Solar Power in pro-renewables plan

South Africa's government published August 28 a revised draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010–2030 which includes no explicit support for new CSP projects. South Africa's installed CSP capacity was 300 MW at the end of 2017. A further 300 MW of projects are expected online by the end of 2019. The [...]

South Africa would have 600 MW of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

South Africa's energy department today released a draft updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) that envisages 5,670 MW of new additional photovoltaic (PV) capacity and 8,100 MW of new wind capacity in the country by 2030. Under the plan, South Africa would have 11,442 MW of wind in 2030, accounting for [...]

SENER & ACCIONA start the salt melting process at Concentrated Solar Power Kathu Solar Park

SENER and ACCIONA Industrial have achieved another relevant milestone initiating the salt melting process at the Kathu Solar Park Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant. The molten salt will be used to store heat from the solar field that can later be recovered to produce steam and generate electricity in [...]

ACWA Power Inks Deal To 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power Plant In South Africa

ACWA Power signed an agreement with Central Energy Fund of South Africa to develop a 100MW Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the country’s Northern Cape Province. The 100MW power project, which is set to start construction this year, will supply power to 210,000 South African homes even during [...]

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 [...]