South Africa

South Africa’s Concentrated Solar Power future rests on grid, policy solutions

South Africa CSP developers must work closely with state power utility Eskom to develop co-funding models for grid connections that will spur development in a market held back by weak state finances and uncertain capacity targets. South Africa has seen a rapid expansion in renewable energy capacity since it launched [...]

South Africa can be decarbonized thanks to Concentrated Solar Power

In one of the most sun-drenched corners of the planet, a 670-foot tower rises above a desert dotted with 4,160 mirrors. Tracking the sun throughout the day, the mirrors, called heliostats, redirect the sun’s rays into the tower, where water is heated to generate steam — and electricity. Since the [...]

SENER and ACCIONA start the turnkey construction of the Kathu Concentrated Solar Power Complex

The consortium formed by the engineering and technology group SENER and ACCIONA, and led by ACCIONA, a global infrastructure and renewable energy leader, has started the turnkey construction of the Kathu Solar Park Complex, after signing the contract with the consortium that owns the project, led by ENGIE, for more [...]

100 MW Kathu Concentrated Solar Power project in the Northern Cape of South Africa starts construction

Construction has begun following the signing of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between ENGIE and Eskom, South Africa's state-owned power utility. The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park is expected to be operational in the second half of 2018. Kathu Solar Park is a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project that [...]

Around 1.500 people will be employed during the construction of 100 MW Kathu Concentrated Solar Power plant.

Ground was broken this week at the R9-billion, 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, which is set to be one of the largest projects of its kind in the country. The parabolic-trough technology plant, which is being developed by an Engie-led consortium, [...]

Construction starts on 100MW Kathu Concentrated Solar Power plant in South Africa

100MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) project, one of the largest projects of its kind in South Africa, was ground broken earlier this month. Over 12,000 people will be employed during the 28-month construction period. This will encompass the solar field and the power block that will be erected on site, followed by a testing period, at which point commercial operation will be [...]

Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant wins South African National Energy Association prize

The 50 MW Bokpoort CSP plant, built by ACCIONA, has been named “Best renewable energy project 2016” by the South African National Energy Association (SANEA). The plant, located in Northern Cape Province in South Africa, was upheld as a pioneering facility in the renewables sector for South African industry, in [...]

SolarReserve Promotes Urban Solar Farms As A New Paradigm For Renewable Energy In South Africa

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to SolarReserve South Africa (Proprietary) Limited to advance their "Urban Solar Farms" initiative in South Africa; a pioneering study into large metropolitan municipalities that will provide a framework for large commercial and industrial electricity consumers with significant power requirements to cost-effectively [...]

2016-12-27T14:56:53+00:00 22-09-2016|Categories: Sin categoría|Tags: , , , |

Acwa’s Redstone concentrated solar power project hits cost roadblock in South Africa

Riyadh’s Acwa Power together with the US company SolarReserve is developing the Redstone project, a molten salt central receiver in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. This is the first in the continent of a new generation of solar plants that are garnering interest around the world. The technology [...]

Driving the future of concentrated solar power with advanced steam turbines

Having set the African record of 161 hours for continuous operation at a load factor of 76% before an inclement weather interruption during its first month of operation, the Bokpoort concentrated solar plant (CSP) in the Northern Cape is a shining example of the immense potential of CSP technology as [...]

2016-12-27T14:56:53+00:00 15-09-2016|Categories: Sin categoría|Tags: , , , |

Mott MacDonald provides technical advisory to Kathu Concentrated Solar Power plant

The Kathu Solar Park promises to deliver 100 MW of power to the South African grid, leveraging Concentrated Solar Power technology with a 4.5 hour storage capacity. Mott MacDonald supplied lender’s technical due diligence to financers of the project. One of the current difficulties with solar energy generation is that, [...]

South Africa is regarded as one of the most potential Concentrated Solar Power markets

SolarReserve (SR) is a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects, which include electricity generation by solar thermal energy (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) and hybrid (combined CSP and PV). In CSP sector, SR is known for its tower and molten salt storage technologies especially the successful operation of the [...]

2016-12-27T14:56:55+00:00 24-08-2016|Categories: Sin categoría|Tags: , , |

Why ACWA’s active in South African Concentrated Solar Power market?

Head-quartered in Saudi Arabia, ACWA Power is a world leading developer, investor, co-owner and operator of a portfolio of power generation plants. Positioning as a major player in global renewable energy sector has been a crucial part of ACWA’s strategy. In concentrated solar power domain, the giant makes the whole [...]