Major market for CSP

Wind and PV may have taken the lion’s share of the renewables capacity allocated so far in South Africa, but the country has perhaps proved most beneficial to the concentrating solar power (CSP) sector.

At a time when only a handful of countries are pursuing CSP, South Africa has awarded five projects totalling 400MW over its three bidding rounds. And it is not finished yet.

Abengoa is the biggest winner to date, taking three projects worth 250MW — including its 100MW Xina parabolic-trough project in the most recent round.

Saudi Arabia’s ACWA and the African-German Karoshoek consortium have each won one project.

Abengoa will build Xina alongside its under-construction 100MW Kaxu project in the Northern Cape, creating what will become Africa’s largest solar-energy plant.

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