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So far SAS489 has created 18 blog entries.

South Africa CSP developer agrees local worker deals as site activity surges

The Engie consortium began construction of the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park project in May 2016, after the group signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with state utility Eskom. Read More…

23rd March, 2017|

SolarReserve gains permit for 450 MW Chile project; Abengoa nears end of restructuring

California’s SolarReserve has received environmental approval from the Chilean government for its giant 450 MW baseload solar tower Tamarugal CSP project comprising 13 hours of full load energy storage, the company said March 6. Read More…

9th March, 2017|

CSP tower installation costs drop on heliostat innovations, pre-assembly

Innovative heliostat designs, smart software, and pre-assembly installation methods are cutting material and labor costs while competitive tenders are pressuring supply margins, industry experts said. Read More…

9th March, 2017|

South Africa’s CSP 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. Read More…

15th December, 2016|

SolarReserve’s giant CSP project targets California peaks with 10-hour storage

U.S. CSP developers must respond to regional market needs to ensure utilities recognize the value of thermal energy storage in utility offtake contracts, Kevin Smith, CEO of SolarReserve, told CSP Today. Read More…

18th November, 2016|

CSP lenders push for competitive PPAs to build sustainable industry

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3rd November, 2016|

China to install 1.4 GW CSP capacity by 2018; South Africa backs Redstone PPA

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22nd September, 2016|

The R12bn Kathu solar project: Good-bye diesel. Hello molten salt.

Rand Merchant Bank recently closed the R12bn financial transaction needed to jump-start the construction of the 100MW Kathu Solar Park in the Northern Cape.

The concentrated solar power thermal generating facility will produce enough power to keep the lights on in 50 000 households, and with the molten salt solution can store energy, which could see […]

17th August, 2016|

Morocco tenders for 380 MW CSP capacity; Europe claims hybrid plant breakthrough

Morocco invites bids for two CSP plants at Noor Midelt – The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has invited pre-qualifications for the design, financing, construction and operation of Noor Midelt Phase I, consisting of two hybrid PV-CSP projects each of CSP gross capacity 150 MW-190 MW. Read More…

28th July, 2016|

South African tariff triggers proposed to ease grid blockages

South Africa could reduce transmission capacity shortages by introducing nodal pricing to support PV development in lower yield areas with less grid constraints and optimize the placement of wind and CSP plants, Corne van der Westhuizen, Project Development Manager at Juwi, said. Read More…

27th June, 2016|