South Africa

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 [...]

South Africa’s Concentrated Solar Power XiNa Solar One completes its first three months of operation

We continue to receive good news from South Africa. Abengoa has developed three solar thermal power plants for electricity generation in the north of the country. Xina Solar One -the last to be constructed- achieved practical completion back in August 2017, and has successfully completed its first three months of [...]

Bokpoort breaks a Concentrated Solar Power record

South Africa’s Bokpoort CSP celebrates another Production Milestone as the Global Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Drive Intensifies. The CEO for Bokpoort CSP, Mr Ryno Lacock was proud to announce that on the 27th November 2017, the plant clocked production of 1009.31 MWh in a single day. This is the highest [...]

ALE secures all Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) contracts in South Africa

In the last four years, ALE’s South Africa branch has secured the heavylifting scope for all Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project contracts across the region. Since ALE won the first contracts, which started simultaneously in 2013, ALE has successfully won and completed six CSP projects across South Africa. All projects [...]

SA’s KaXu Solar One concentrated solar power wins prestigious UN climate change award

The Northern Cape project is a 100MW plant and is the first concentrated solar power plant in the country, which can generate electricity as well as store energy. The KaXu Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, was on Wednesday presented with a Momentum of Change [...]

Xina Solar One Concentrated Solar Power plant completes first month of operation, South Africa

The US$880 million Xina concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Pofadder, South Africa has successfully completed its first month of commercial operation. Mott MacDonald was lenders’ technical advisor during the project’s financing and construction stages and will now monitor operations in an ongoing role. Awarded during the third round [...]

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 [...]

Concentrated Solar Power is combined with energy storage results in much more efficient plant

Minister of Energy Mmamoloko Kubayi’s announcement on Friday that Eskom will sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent producers of renewable energy (IPPs) by October 28, might not be enough to prevent litigation against government for deviating from its own procurement process. This follows after her department’s acclaimed Renewable Energy [...]

Nearly 1 Million in South Africa Now Powered by Abengoa Concentrated Solar Power

With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. It is especially puzzling since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that Eskom [...]

New concentrated solar power plants now powering whole of Northern Cape

With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. This especially since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that Eskom refuse to [...]

iLanga Concentrated Solar Power 1: Building a solar valley

With its heavy reliance on dirty coal-fired power stations, South Africa’s CO2 emissions are among the highest in the world, yet its abundance of sun gives the country world-leading potential for clean, affordable and efficient renewable energy. A new 100MW concentrated solar power (CSP) station in Karoshoek near Upington will [...]

Abengoa completes 100 MW Xina Solar One South Africa concentrated solar power plant

Abengoa has achieved the "practical completion" of its Xina Solar One CSP plant in Northern Cape, South Africa, the developer said August 16. The 100 MW Xina Solar One plant uses parabolic trough technology and hosts 5.5 hours of storage capacity. The plant will feed power into the adjacent Paulputs [...]