Anniversary of South Africa’s launching 450 MW Concentrated Solar Power allocation in REIPPPP Rd 4.5

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. News says some 450 MW of the capacity is to be allocated to CSP projects and seven CSP projects were bid. One year has passed after the exciting announcement, however, the results of the tender are still up in the air and are expected in the coming months.



As the sheet summarized by CSP Focus shows, a total capacity of 600MW (7 projects) were awarded for CSP projects during the last four rounds in REIPPPP, and 1/3 are operational. And Redstone just announced break-ground earlier this month and is expected to be commissioned by 2018.

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As far, CSP industry development in South Africa seems to be going quite well and surely attracts large number of global and local players to join. As for the next round 4.5, competition is becoming fiercer, in which projects joined include KotuloTsatsi, Rooipunt and Kalkaar by SolarReserve & ENGIE, Solis I by BrightSource and one by ACWA, all are of 150MW capacity. It can be predicted that 4 projects with around 150MW per will be finally awarded during Round 4.5.


REIPPPP CSP Allocation by Round 3.5:

REIPPPP Awarded Time Total Capacity (MW) Project Name Project Capacity (MW) Technology Developer Status
Round 1 Dec. 2011 150 Kaxu Solar One 100 Parabolic Trough Abengoa & IDC Operational
Khi Solar One 50 Tower Abengoa & IDC Operational
Round 2 May. 2012 50 Bokpoort 50 Parabolic Trough ACWA Operational
Round 3 Oct. 2013 200 Xina Solar One 100 Parabolic Trough Abengoa Construction
Ilanga 1 100 Parabolic Trough Emvelo & Cobra Construction
Round 3.5 Nov. 2014 200 Kathu 100 Parabolic Trough ENGIE Construction
Redstone 100 Tower SolarReserve & ACWA Construction


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Moreover, on the very time of China CSP–pilot FiT to be announced, CSP Focus Financing Forum will be organized for CSP and financing industry players during September 22-23 in Shenzhen, China. To get more details online