Kathu Solar Park is a 100 MW greenfield Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project with parabolic trough technology and equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage and thus limits the intermittent nature of solar energy.

Kathu Solar Park

Concentrated Solar Power

100 MW greenfield CSP project

creating more than 500 jobs

500 jobs will be created during the construction phase of Kathu Solar Park (1,200 in peak time). It is estimated it will save six million tones of CO2 over 20 years and will further promote local economic development through various projects such as a local community trust for the benefit of communities in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality situated in the Northern Cape and sourcing of other services from local entrepreneurs. Read more.

Electricity supply to 179,000 homes

Located in the town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape Province, the plant will begin operations in 2018. Once completed, it will reliably supply over 179 000 South African homes with stable electricity during their peak demand period.

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Kathu Solar Park

100MW Concentrated Solar

Power plant

CEO - ENGIE Africa Business Unit

"The Kathu Solar Park project supports South Africa’s strategy of increasing the contribution of renewable power and also underlines our commitment to be a key partner in achieving sustainable energy generation in Africa."

Kathu Solar Park

The Kathu Solar Park began construction on May 26, 2016. 

The Project has come to a fast start to Construction in the 7 months in 2016. 

The Project has completed clearing of the 450 ha site and is nearing final completion of the ground works.  The Project has erected the concrete batching plant on site and providing @700 cubic meters of concrete per day.  The Project is busy erecting the numerous equipment foundations required to support the plant equipment.  The reported progress on site is at @20%.

The Project is employing approximately 800 persons on site each day and as of December over 50% of these persons were from the Local Community (JTG Municipality).  This is far above the committed obligation of 21.13% local job creation.  The project looks forward to close cooperation with the JTG Municipality in the coming year.

The project has already worked a total of over 600,000 manhours on site without a single lost time accident in 2016, which is an impressive safety record.

The Project wishes to thank all of those who have contributed to our success so far and looks forward to a great 2017 as we proceed with the construction this important plant toward the goal of completion in October 2018.


Kathu Solar Park rescues 3,345 endangered and sensitive plant species

The Kathu Solar Park, located in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, recently undertook a massive rescue operation to scrub the site of Endangered and Sensitive Plant species. The rescue operation involved walking the nearly 7 square kilometres of site searching for plant species and 12 different varieties were located.



The reduction of Kathu Solar Park’s overall carbon footprint through various recycling initiatives are conducted throughout the construction process of the project.  Kathu Solar Park is currently recycling 93% of all waste generated on site, which is considered as a major achievement.  However, the success of the recycling implemented on this project could not have been possible without the assistance of key recyclers, Jacobsdalsaagmeule and Waste Dump Cleaners, a locally owned company. Read more



We are pleased and proud that our 100 MW Kathu Concentrated Solar plant in South Africa has reached commercial operation on 30 January. Yoven Moorooven, CEO of ENGIE Africa comments : A fantastic achievement for our teams who managed the construction of a technically complex project. Kathu is the first CSP development for ENGIE. It offers a great solution for renewables intermittence and will be instrumental for South Africa’s objectives in terms of renewable energy. We also look forward to continue our engagement with surrounding communities by addressing the local needs through the socio-economic development plan. Press Release




COVID-19 Measures

Kathu Solar Park has diverted 25% of the 2020 SED budget to fight the battle against Corona virus in South Africa. 

Support has been provided to the Department of Health in the John Taolo Gaetswe district by donating of PPE which will be distributed by the JTG Department of Health to the 43 clinics and two hospitals in the district.

KSP has also provided support to the Solidarity Fund, a registered non-profit organisation, to help deal with the Covid -19 pandemic.

The key objectives of the fund is to:

  • Prevent the spread of the disease by supporting measures to “flatten the curve” and lower infection rates.

  • Detect and understand the magnitude of the Corona Virus.

  • Care for those in hospital or medical care.

  • Support those whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic.



Kathu Solar Park Ground Breaking Ceremony-Video


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