Kathu plant construction activity is set to peak this year and the Engie-led developer group is integrating new work contracts and training schemes following unexpected demands from local business groups, Cedric Faye, CEO of Kathu Solar Park at Engie, said.
This article is the second of The Expert Column Series, a space where two experts present their opinions on a topic proposed by CSP Today. This time, Simon Stevens (Bracewell & Guiliani) and Kevin Smith (SolarReserve) discuss the present sentiment toward the costs of CSP.
Dr. Nicolas Calvet, Assistant Professor at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), sheds light on recent developments at the 100 kW beam-down solar demonstration plant and the CSPonD project.
CSP could play a big role in the Middle East in five years’ time, says top analyst, but financiers must be prepared to update their cost estimates on a yearly basis in order to keep pace with rapidly changing renewable energy (RE) markets.
This week’s CSP Today news brief includes the following companies and organisations: India’s NTPC, NCPS; STT, King Saud University, Bosch Rexroth AG; Frankfurt School for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance and the OPWP.
Boris Schinke, policy officer at the German NGO Germanwatch, has just completed some compelling new research on the social impacts of CSP development in the MENA region: “Energy and development: Exploring the local livelihood dimension of the Noor I CSP project in Southern Morocco.”
This week’s CSP Today news brief includes the following companies and organisations: RayGen Resources, ARENA, Juye Solar, NDRC; Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas, CGN Delingha Solar Energy Corporation; Abengoa, EIG; IDB, Abengoa, the Harvard Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure.
Three projects combining CSP and PV technologies have been announced in Chile and South Africa over the last year. Developers involved indicate this integration offers significant advantages in terms of providing lower energy tariffs and securing grid stability.
The most recent successful bidders for the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)-specific Window 3.5 announced in December 2014 are Kathu CSP and Redstone CSP projects. Window 3 CSP projects, Xina Solar One and Ilanga I, also achieved financial close in December.