The role of CSP in developing the green economy Nassiep SANEDI 2012

CSP Today and SANEDI 18 October 2012.

What is CSP’s role in South Africa’s green economy?

This exclusive presentation given by Kevin Nassiep of the South African National Energy Research Institute at the CSP Today South Africa 2012, examines the role of CSP in developing South Africa’s green economy, and will give a glimpse of what to expect at CSP Today South Africa 2013 (4-5 February, Johannesburg)

Click here for Kevin Nassiep’s presentation: The role of CSP in developing the green economy Nassiep SANEDI 2012


Solar-thermal sector’s industrialisation potential to be probed

Engineering News 27 September 2012.

A study aimed at assessing the potential industrial development spinoffs for South Africa of a large-scale deployment of concentrated solar power (CSP) generation technologies is in the process of being initiated.

The project, which will be funded by the German Agency for International Cooperation, or GIZ, is being supported by the Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association (Sastela) and South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry…

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Ministerial determinations on way to unlock baseload, renewables IPPs

Engineering News 17 August 2012.

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters will issue determinations in the near future to kick-start a baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement process, as well as extend the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) beyond the 3 725 MW currently being procured for delivery by 2016.

Speaking at a REIPPP bidders conference in Johannesburg, Peters indicated that the determination would be in line with the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, which was published in March 2011…

South Africa can’t wait to get started with its CSP build

CSP Today 3 August 2012.

South Africa looks towards the development of local content and the rapid construction of CSP sites whilst addressing the challenges of water scarcity and steel supplies.

By Tom Nevin


Extensive early work has already started on both of South Africa’s pioneering CSP sites “to ensure a shorter construction period and to make sure we meet our June 2014 full power output completion date”, says Rentia van Tonder, head of Green Industries at South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).


Under construction are a 50MW CSP tower facility near the town of Upington in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province and a 100MW parabolic trough solar plant in the hamlet of Pofadder, about 100km to the west…

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Do we need to continue to be like the rest of the world?

SAAEA 6 August 2012.

Why does South Africa have to continue to be like the rest of the world when we have so much sun here? Why can’t we build massive Concentrated Solar Tower projects in Namibia so that we can supply our peak demand whilst the sun is still shining in Namibia and not shining from 6pm to 8pm in South Africa. Why can’t we explore the 7GW of pumped storage available in the Lesotho mountains which is a huge potential battery for energy for Southern Africa?

SA should consider upscaled CSP roll-out plan – BrightSource

Engineering News 20 June 2012.

Concentrating solar power (CSP) could play an important role in South Africa’s future energy generation capacity, by offering a utility-scale, carbon-free generation solution, BrightSource Energy business development consultant Daniel Schwab said on Wednesday.

At the second yearly Solar South Africa conference, held in Johannesburg, he said South Africa required between 40 GW and 60 GW of additional installed capacity over the next 20 to 30 years and that CSP was a large-scale, dispatchable solution that would enable efficient supply to meet demand…

Solar PV, wind dominate again as second window renewables bidders are named

Engineering News 21 May 2012.

The South African government announced on Monday that 19 companies had been selected as preferred bidders during the second bidding window for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), which closed on March 5.

A total of 79 bids were submitted by the deadline, representing more than 3 200 MW of potential capacity…