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Tuesday, 10 November 2009 12:55

A solar mission to Africa

eSolar, a leading provider of modular, scalable solar thermal power technology, has partnered with Johannesburg-based Clean Energy Solutions (CES) to open eSolarSA in order to expand sales operations across Sub- Saharan Africa. Through the agreement, CES is granted the exclusive right to represent and distribute eSolar's concentrating solar power technology throughout a seven-country region, including the Republic of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

“With local partners on three continents and a commercially proven technology, eSolar is ready to expand its global footprint and further its goal of making solar energy competitive with fossil fuels,” explained Bill
Gross, CEO of eSolar. “Africa boasts one of the highest solar resources on the planet, and eSolar’s modular, scalable technology is well-positioned to establish the continent as a leader in the development of low-cost, nocarbon energy solutions.”

Working closely with eSolar, CES will operate eSolarSA as a separate entity responsible for project support and client service in Southern Africa. Leading eSolarSA’s efforts will be renewable energy advocate Stuart Fredman, currently the Managing Director of CES, a South African developer of utilityscale renewable energy projects. “Sub-Saharan Africa’s tremendous solar resource has gone relatively untapped, but now, with eSolar’s technology, we can establish Southern Africa as a new hotspot for solar development,”
said Fredman, adding that “eSolar’s CSP technology is the perfect fit for South Africa in its quest to generate affordable, clean energy and develop local jobs, particularly in rural areas”.

This deal marks the continued global expansion of eSolar. In February, eSolar signed a development and licensing agreement with the ACME Group for the development of 1 000 MW of solar power plants in India over the next ten years with construction starting this year. In the United States, eSolar partnered with NRG Energy, Inc., to deploy up to 429 MW of solar electricity.

By building its plants in small 46 MW units sited on 80 hectares (200 acres) and leveraging locally sourced, prefabricated components, eSolar’s plants overcome the key obstacles facing solar deployment – namely, price, speed of deployment and grid impact.

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CAPTION: eSolar's 5 MW plant in Southern California, the Sierra SunTower.

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