4 May 2010 – SOLAR boiler maker Areva Solar is ready to build a 100 megawatt concentrated solar plant in South Africa from next year, Business Day newspaper reported on Friday.

It cited Tom Bartolomei, the French firm’s senior vice-president for business development, as its source.

“Areva Solar is among several companies who are eager to establish a renewable energy industry in South Africa once the government has announced its long-term energy plans,” the newspaper said.

Areva also wanted to get into South Africa’s nuclear industry and it had been in the running for the contract to build Eskom’s second nuclear plant. The project, however, was shelved in 2008.

Investments in renewable energy depended on the outcome of the integrated resource plan process. The Energy Department has committed itself to releasing the plan by June. — Sapa