South Africa’s national utility Eskom has secured a ZAR1.1 billion (€75 million) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in the Northern Cape.

The project close to Upington is being co-financed with the African Development Bank, Agence Française de Développement, Clean Technology Fund, KfW and the World Bank.

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Commenting on securing the finance, Ayanda Nakedi, senior general manager for renewables at Eskom, said: “The potential to deploy CSP technologies on a large scale is promising, and we are pleased to have taken another step forward in funding our Upington solar plant with this loan agreement.”

Pim van Ballekom, vice-president of the European Investment Bank, added: “The European Investment Bank is pleased to work with Eskom to support the CSP plant that will act as a model for similar schemes elsewhere, and looks forward to continued engagement in South Africa under a new mandate agreed earlier this year.”

The European Investment Bank has provided a total of ZAR3.1 billion (€220 million) for the neighbouring Ka Xu CSP plant.