Developers must overcome limited build experience and China’s severe weather challenges to meet tight construction deadlines set out in the country’s first large-scale deployment program, industry experts said.
Government and investors are working hard to increase the competitiveness of wind and solar projects in one of the world's fastest-growing renewable energy markets, official representatives said at the CSP Today South Africa 2016 conference on June 8.
Lenders to new solar and wind projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will favor quality and performance over cost and will require governments to embrace private partnerships, leading financiers said at the MENASol 2016 conference on May 26.
Saudi Arabia can meet its growing power needs solely through the deployment of new solar projects with energy storage, Dr Ibrahim Babelli, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy and Planning of Saudi Arabia, said at the MENASol 2016 conference on May 25.
South Africa's CSP expansion has thus far been driven by the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) but industry experts see strong growth potential in industrial and microgrid applications.
CSP developers should aim to provide at least nine hours of storage to respond to South Africa's morning demand peak, in addition to evening load, Vikesh Rajpaul, Eskom's Renewables Unit CSP Program Manager, told CSP Today.