AfDB Approves ZAR 3Bn for 100MW Solar Project in SA

The solar power project, which is located in the Humansrus Solar Park, Northern Cape Province of SA, is expected to generate 466 GWh/year.

African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a senior loan of ZAR 3 billion to the 100 MW Redstone Concentrated Solar Project, which is expected to boost South Africa’s (SA’s) energy mix and hasten transition to renewable energy.

Solar Project in South Africa

The solar power project, which is located in the Humansrus Solar Park, Northern Cape Province of SA, is expected to generate 466 GWh/year.

This will offset diesel-fueled Open Cycle Gas Turbine’s (OCGT’s) operating at peak demand, thereby avoiding and mitigating carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from fossil fuels.

Moreover, the project will also improve South Africa‘s power supply and access to energy, and green the energy mix which is currently dominated by coal at 82 percent.

Commenting on the importance of the project, African Development Bank, President, Akinwumi Adesina said, “There is no other country – that has made bold efforts at promoting solar power – apart from South Africa and Morocco. Of the countries currently using coal, South Africa is one of the few with an aggressive strategy towards developing a solar-based power.”

“At the heart of this transition to a low-carbon energy sector is a complete transformation of the future energy mix,” Adesina added.

The project is one of 27 renewable energy Independent Power Producer projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer (REIPPP).

Once commissioned, it is expected to create over 3500 jobs over the project life cycle. The project will also fulfil South Africa’s social development requirements on citizens employed, Black Economic Empowerment, procurement from small and medium-scale enterprises, local content, and shareholding by local communities.

Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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