South Africa

100 MW Redstone Concentrated Solar Power with 12 Hours Daily Thermal Energy Storage Closes Financing

ACWA Power has led South Africa’s largest renewable energy project Redstone CSP to financial close The ZAR 11.6 billion Redstone concentrated solar power plant will power 200,000 households upon completion Redstone CSP Closes Financing May 2021 – ACWA Power Commercial operation scheduled to start in Q4 2023 ACWA Power, a [...]

ENGIE acquires 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in South Africa

ENGIE (www.ENGIE-Africa.com) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire from Abengoa a 40% equity stake in Xina Solar One, a 100 MW Concentrated Solar plant, as well as 46% of the Operations & Maintenance Company. The plant is equipped with parabolic trough technology and a [...]

ACWA Power achieves first refinancing transaction in South Africa renewables sector

The ACWA Power Solafrica Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, one of the major drivers of renewable energy in South Africa, has achieved another significant first, having announced the largest infrastructure refinancing initiative to be implemented in the country. Project financiers, led by Investec Bank, have concluded the first refinancing [...]

ACWA Power’s Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant breaks African record

ACWA Power, a leading developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water plants worldwide, announced Wednesday that its South African Bokpoort CSP plant has become the first renewable facility in the continent to complete a full week of continuous round the clock operation. Bokpoort CSP set the [...]

In South Africa and Spain, Concentrated Solar Power is Meeting or Exceeding Projected Operation Targets

SolarPACES spoke with Nandu Bhula who has been with the team responsible for the success of ACWA Power’s 50 MW Bokpoort trough Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in South Africa since the start, first as CEO while the project was being built, and currently as Chairman of the Board. Commissioned [...]

Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power project achieves 21.7 GWh production record in winter

The South African-based Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power project, now in its fifth year of production, celebrated yet another huge production record. The 50MW Concentrated Solar Thermal Power (CSP) Parabolic Trough Power Plant with 9.3-hour storage set a new winter production record in August 2020. Bokpoort CSP CEO, Christo Spammer, shared [...]

Generating reliable, affordable and flexible energy across Africa

The African continent is home to the youngest and fastest-growing population in the world, accounting for half of the global population growth from now until 2050, as stated by the WEF. The concern raised is the ability of African nations to meet the resulting energy requirements as a result of [...]

Sener Offers to Expand its Concentrated Solar Power in South Africa

Spanish-based technology and engineering company, Sener, together with its partners, has invested billions of rands in the Ilanga concentrated solar power 1 (CSP1) project,which provides solar-generated thermal electricity to around 100 000 South African households. Billed SA’s first 100% black-owned solar plant, the Ilanga CSP1 is located in Karoshoek, about [...]

South Africa celebrates 100MW Concentrated Solar Power Ilanga 1 grid-connected plant

South Africa celebrates the first year of operation of the Concentrated Solar Power plant Ilanga 1, which has been supplying clean energy to the national grid since November 2018. sdr The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor partners, a consortium between COBRA, SENER and EMVELO, the owner [...]

Sener looks to expand generating capacity at concentrated solar power plant

Spanish-based technology and engineering company, Sener, together with its partners, has invested billions of rands in the Ilanga concentrated solar power 1 (CSP1) project,which provides solar-generated thermal electricity to around 100 000 South African households. Billed SA’s first 100% black-owned solar plant, the Ilanga CSP1 is located in Karoshoek, about [...]

Abengoa beats Concentrated Solar Power peak hour targets in new plant build record

In record time, Abengoa met granular performance targets at Xina Solar One that maximize evening output, highlighting the advancements made in Concentrated Solar Power construction and operations. CSP developers are using construction and operations learnings to optimize ramp-up periods. (Image credit: Abengoa) Last month, Abengoa passed early-phase generation tests [...]

Solar Baseload in the Kalahari: Kathu Solar concentrated solar power plant

A greenfield concentrated solar power (CSP) project with innovative parabolic trough technology and a molten storage system has revitalized a remote region. But the project is also laudable for its social, economic, and environmental commitment to the unique region. The sun is characteristic of everything in Kathu, a dusty [...]

Abengoa breaks records with Xina Solar One, its third concentrated solar power plant in South Africa

The concentrated solar power plant, owned by Abengoa, IDC, PIC and the Community Trust, has passed the guaranteed production tests in record time. With a capacity of 100 MW, the solar thermal plant provides clean and sustainable energy even in hours without solar radiation thanks to its molten salts storage [...]