The Kathu Solar Park concentrated (CSP) solar power plant with an installed capacity of 100 MW is located in South Africa‘s Northern Cape Province. It allows clean energy to be supplied to 179,000 local homes to prevent the emission of six million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere over the next 20 years.
The project was awarded in December 2014 under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) by the South African Department of Energy (DoE).
The facility was built by a joint venture of Sener and Acciona which jointly invested 29.3 mln South African rand (USD640,000) in the project. The joint venture was appointed by the shareholders, led by Engie, including a group of South African investors comprising SIOC Community Development Trust, Investec Bank, Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital Fund, its co-investors FMO, the Dutch development bank and DEG, the German investment and development company and the Public Investment Corporation to provide the engineering, procurement and construction services on the project.
It is equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage to extend the operational capacity of the plant after sunset and uses SENERtrough®-2 parabolic trough collectors.
The construction of the plant began in May 2016. The power plant came into commercial operation in January 2019.