Solar Power Plants in South Africa
Bokpoort
Location: Northern Cape
Operator:ACWA Power Development
Configuration: 1 X 54.4 MW
Operation: 2016
Steam generator supplier: ??
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Acciona, Sener, TSK, Crowie Concessions
Quick facts: This solar thermal plant near Globershoop cost R5.05bn and was inaugurated on 15 Mar 2016 by the Trade Ministers of South Africa and Saudi Arabia. The project has 658,000 sq m of reflectors and connects to Eskoma adjacend Garona S/S. Bokpoort has a 20yr ppa with Eskom and 9rs worth of thermal storage capacity. Investec Bank and ABSA Bank supplied funding and Mott MacDonald was lender's engineer.

Photograph courtesy of ACWA
Posted 16 Mar 2016

Jasper
Location: Northern Cape
Operator: SolarReserve
Configuration: 96 MWp DC
Operation: 2014
System supplier: Yingli
EPC: Iberdrola, G5
Quick facts: The Jasper SPP was awarded by the South Africa Department of Energy in the second round of bidding under the South Africa Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP), and included a financial investment from Google, which was their first renewable energy investment in South Africa. Jasper began full construction in Oct 2013, and achieved full commercial operations in Oct 2014.The site is is near Postmasburg, Northern Cape, and production is expected to be about 180 GWh/yr. This is sold to Eskom per a 20yr PPA. Jasper has 325,480 PV modules.

Photograph courtesy of SolarReserve
Posted 15 Nov 2014

KaXu Solar One
Location: Northern Cape
Operator: Abengoa Solar
Configuration: 100 MW
Operation: 2015
T/G supplier: Siemens
Steam generator: ??
EPC: Abengoa, Teyma, Lead EPC
Quick facts: This solar thermal plan has a 1,100ha site near Pofadder. It is jointly-owned by Abengoa (51%), Industrial Development Corp ( 29%), and KaXu Community Trust (20%). Ground-breaking was in Nov 2012 and the project went commercial in Mar 2015. The solar field comprises 310ha with 1,200 parabolic trough SCAs. Power is evacuated via a 5km, 132kV tie-line to the Paulputs Substation. The project was financed by IFC with Clean Technology Fund (CTF), Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), FirstRand Bank, IDC, and Nedbank. This was the first solar thermal project online in RSA and incorporates a storage system that allows for 100 MW of production for 2.5hrs after sunset.

Photograph courtesy of Abengoa
Posted 22 Mar 2015

Lesedi
Location: Northern Cape
Operator: SolarReserve
Configuration: 75 MWp DC
Operation: 2014
System supplier: Hanwha
EPC: ACS Cobra, Gransolar, Kensani Energy EPC
Quick facts: The Lesedi SPP was awarded by the South Africa Department of Energy in the second round of bidding under the South Africa REIPPPP. In Nov 2012, a consortium of SolarReserve, Kensani Group, and Intikon Energy closed $586mn for Letsatsi and Lesedi. Lesedi went into operation in May 2014.The site is is near Kimberley, Northern Cape, and production is expected to be about 150 GWh/yr. This is sold to Eskom per a 20yr PPA. Jasper has 277,632 PV modules.

Photograph courtesy of SolarReserve
Posted 15 Nov 2014

Letsatsi
Location: fREE sTATE
Operator: SolarReserve
Configuration: 75 MWp DC
Operation: 2014
System supplier: Yingli
EPC: ACS Cobra, Gransolar, Kensani Energy EPC
Quick facts: The Jasper SPP was awarded by the South Africa DOE in the second round of bidding under the South Africa REIPPPP. The project went into operation in May 2014.The site is is near Bloemfontein, Free State, and production is expected to be about 150 GWh/yr. This is sold to Eskom per a 20yr PPA. Jasper has 277,632 PV modules.

Photograph courtesy of SolarReserve
Posted 15 Nov 2014

Milnerton Home
Location: Western Cape
Operator: Eric Miles Cheshire Homes
Configuration: 65 kW
Operation: 2013
System supplier: Conergy
EPC: Solsquare
Quick facts:This grid-parity PV project is a a home for disabled people.The grid parity plant operates with 100% own consumption and does not have to rely on any help from state-backed feed-in tariffs. The rooftop project is also one of the first projects with so-called “automated output power management”, which prevents solar power being fed into the grid in line with Cape Town city regulations. The majority of the funding for the project came from the “Energy and Environment Partnership” (EEP), a European development programme for South and East African countries.

Photograph courtesy of Conergy
Posted 4 May 2013

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 16-Mar-2016

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