Concentrating Solar Power for Africa (CSP-Africa)

Project Summary

This project will evaluate the possibility of introducing solar thermal electric (STE) technologies as electricity generation options into Southern Africa. The possibility of decreasing the region's dependence on fossil fuels (predominantly coal) by employing a more environmentally preferred option will be quantified.The project objectives are to; (i) evaluate solar thermal electric tech. Options w/regard to their current and future potential for S.Afr.; (ii) conduct a broad site assessment to identify the most attractive areas for potential plants; (iii) conduct a preliminary assessment of the most promising near-term tech. to determine whether a commercial project would be economically feasible w/use of GEF funding support; and (iv) once the project is considered feasible, develop plans for proceeding w/ project and future steps that would be necessary to allow additional project deployments and cost reductions.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
South Africa
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
230,000 USD
Co-financing Total
180,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 410,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
09 Feb 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
19 Jul 1999
Project closed
31 May 2001