Abengoa gets 100MW SA CSP nod

Abengoa has revealed itself as the winner of one of two CSP projects to be awarded in South Africa’s third renewables bidding round, for its 100MW Xina Solar One parabolic-trough plant. 

Xina will be paired with Abengoa’s 100MW KaXu parabolic-trough project, currently under construction in Northern Cape, with the two set to collectively represent the largest solar-energy complex in Africa upon their completion.

Xina will boast five hours of energy-storage capability – two more than the under-construction KaXu – and is set to enter construction next year.  South Africa has awarded five CSP projects to date, with Abengoa winning three of them – KaXu, Xina, and its 50MW Khi power-tower project.

Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power took home the only CSP project awarded in Round 2, for its 50MW Bokpoort project.

The South African government today revealed that it awarded two CSP projects – both weighing in at 100MW – in its third bidding round. It is not yet known which developer is behind the second winning project.