South Africa hosts fierce CSP contest for dwindling grid capacity

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By Robin Sayles

South Africa’s latest bidding round has seen seven CSP projects compete for 450 MW of capacity but limited grid investments could slow future growth.

South Africa launched in July 2015 round 4.5 of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), to procure an additional 1.8 GW of renewable energy capacity.

The expedited tender round was five-times oversubscribed with submissions totalling 9.5 GW, Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson said in a speech on March 18. Around 6.5 GW of this capacity was for renewable energy projects in the Northern Cape province.



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SolarReserve plans to deploy similar technology to that used in its Crescent Dunes plant in Nevada. (Image credit: SolarReserve)

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