Welcome to Solar Parks South Africa
On the 09th October 2009 the Department of Energy (DoE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to prepare a pre-feasibility study assessing the potential of developing one or more Solar Parks in South Africa. The collaboration produced a Solar Park Pre-feasibility study report which was approved by the Department in May 2010 and later endorsed through Cabinet Approval. The report concluded that solar power can be deployed in South Africa in large quantities over the next decade at costs that become competitive with coal-fired power, providing the country with clean and secure energy to help meet its growing demand.
What is a Solar Park?
A Solar Park is a concentrated zone of solar development that includes thousands of megawatts (“MW”) of generation capacity. Once or more pieces of land in close proximity are designated and pre-permitted as a Solar Park. It also has the potential of decreasing the cost of solar power significantly due to economies of scale and use of locally manufactured components. Read more.
The pre-feasibility analysis confirmed that the Northern Cape has excellent and consistent sun; flat and sparsely-populated land; the ability to connect to the electricity grid at multiple points; water available from the Orange River; Read more.
The Feasibility Study
In line with the 2003 directive for CEF (SOC) Ltd to catalyse the Renewable Energy market in the country; in early 2011, the Minister requested CEF (SOC) Ltd to lead the South African Government in conducting the Feasibility Study, Read more.