ACWA Power establishes first CSP in South Africa

solar power lance cheungThe Bokpoort CSP plant is expected to supply South Africa with reliable and cost competitive renewable electricity. (Image source: Lance Cheung)Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project, launched by a consortium led by ACWA Power in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa has been inaugurated

The US$325.1mn CSP project is expected produce enough power to supply more than 200,000 homes, according to ACWA Power. 

South Africa’s Trade and Industry minister, Rob Davies and Dr. Tawfig Fawzan Alrabiah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s minister of Commerce & Trade led the inauguration ceremony.

“The formal inauguration of the Bokpoort CSP plant is a significant milestone in supplying South Africa with reliable and cost competitive renewable electricity,” said ACWA Power Chairman, Mohammad Abunayyan. “The success of the project demonstrates a robust partnership between the Government of South Africa, through the Department of Energy, and ACWA Power.”

The CSP project has been launched as part of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff (REFIT) Procurement Programme.

“We see this as the start of an enduring partnership with South Africa to augment the foundation for economic growth and social development” Abunayyanadded.

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