ENGIE has started commercial operations of its 100MW Kathu Solar Park (KSP) to “provide clean and reliable energy to 179,000 homes” in South Africa.
KSP is a greenfield concentrated solar power project with “parabolic trough technology” and equipped with “a molten salt storage system that allows for 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage”.
The project has been realised under round 3.5 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme, a competitive tender process launched “to facilitate private sector investment in renewable energy generation”.
Japan’s multinational technology firm NEC Corporation has signed a deal for a smart energy project in Chile. Through its subsidiaries NEC Chile and NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES), it will supply a 2MW/2MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) to ENGIE Energía Chile (EECL), a Santiago-based utility company.