BrightSource to bring solar to South Africa

BrightSource Energy is looking to South Africa to bring its solar thermal technology to a market that wants to install more than 3 gigawatts of renewable power in the next four years.

The company said today it was selected, along with development partner Alstom, by Sasol for a feasibility study that will look at how its technology might suit the South African market.

Sasol is a publicly traded energy and chemicals business based in South Africa.

"This CSP project has the potential of significantly expanding Sasol’s new energy portfolio and will in turn contribute to the country’s transition to a low carbon economy”, said Henri Loubser, managing director of Sasol New Energy, in a statement.

BrightSource says South Africa sources more than 85 perent of its electricity needs from coal fired power plants. And total energy supplies in South Africa are projected to more than double in 20 years to more than 85 gigawatts. A resource plan recently adopted by the government includes the development of 18 megawtts of renewable power.

Read more in the San Francisco Business Journal.

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