eSolar gains new partner to expand solar thermal to South Africa

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Eyeing up the region of sub-Saharan Africa, solar thermal company eSolar has teamed up with Johannesburg-based Clean Energy Solutions (CES) to form eSolarSA. This new entity will endeavour to expand sales operations across the region, in seven countries including the Republic of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

CES has the exclusive right to distribute eSolar’s CSP and solar thermal technology, operating eSolarSA as a separate entity in the designated region. The new company will be headed by Stuart Fredman, currently the managing director of CES.

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“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 Mr. Fredman. “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 news marks another global expansion by eSolar, having partnered with ACME Group in India for a 10-year, 1GW-worth of power plants, and a further partnership with NRG Energy for up to 465MW of solar power.

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