CSP in South Africa

South Africa is an exciting area for CSP and other renewables. The country is implementing the largest renewable energy program on the African continent, and the South African government is committed to diversifying its energy mix, which until now has been predominantly based on coal.

South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for 21,534 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy generation by 2030, of which 1,200 MW is allocated to CSP. The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers’ Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allows private developers to bid for allocations. Electricity generated by successful bidders will be purchased by the national utility, Eskom, and supplied to the national grid.

To date, there are three projects totaling 200 MW being developed under the REIPPPP. Additionally, Eskom is developing a 100 MW power tower plant with storage in Upington and the Department of Energy is investigating the feasibility of establishing up to 5,000 MW solar park in the Northern Cape.

CSP projects under development and construction in South Africa are listed below. To browse a project profile, click on the project name.

KaXu and Khi Solar One