A BrightSource-led consortium has won a tender to build a 121MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Israel, with power generation slated to commence by 2017.
Alstom (Paris:ALO) has invested an additional US$40m in the American company BrightSource Energy, Inc to reinforce its partnership with the pioneering solar power company.
South Africa has the potential to augment its existing coal-fired power station fleet with as much as 2 000 MW of hybrid concentrated solar thermal power capacity.
Twelve groups of companies, which also include Alstom SA and Spain’s SENER Ingenería y Sistemas S.A., will be invited to participate in the tender before the end of this year.
SolarReserve will sell the electricity generated by the plant to NV Energy (Reno, Nevada, U.S.) under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
The steam turbine will be delivered in September 2012 and the Concentrating Solar Thermal Power plant will be commissioned by the end of 2013.
Concentrated solar power tower technology developer Brightsource Energy is keen to develop projects in South Africa, where in the Northern Cape solar irradiation is well-suited for this technology.
Through its partnership with Alstom, BrightSource Energy is looking to become an international player by bidding on projects across the globe.
Alstom and BrightSource are partnering in countries, such as the Mediterranean ring and Africa, where solar conditions best suit BrightSource's tower technology.