Pioneering Renewable Energy Solutions

Globeleq, the UK-based leading independent power company in Africa, has achieved a remarkable milestone with its Red Sands project in the Northern Cape, South Africa. Awarded Preferred Bidder status in South Africa’s Energy Storage Capacity Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (ESIPPPP), this project represents a significant step towards enhancing renewable energy infrastructure in the region.

Addressing Energy Storage Challenges

Battery energy storage systems are becoming increasingly vital in enabling renewable energy generation, especially in addressing energy crises and combating climate change. With the rapid growth of the market for these systems, Globeleq's Red Sands project is poised to revolutionize energy storage capabilities in South Africa and beyond.

Driving Renewable Energy Transition

As South Africa seeks to transition to clean energy and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, widespread energy storage becomes indispensable. The Red Sands project, with its R5.7 billion (US$300 million) investment, spearheads the UK's commitment to facilitating the transition to a carbon-free power grid, as outlined in the Just Energy Transition Partnership established at COP26.

Project Overview and Impact

Situated in the Northern Cape, the Red Sands project will cover approximately 5 hectares (12 acres) and connect to the grid through the Eskom Garona substation. By upgrading the substation, the project ensures optimal utilization of its battery network support capabilities, providing a reliable power supply even in the face of grid instability.

Partnerships and Collaborations

Collaborating closely with global battery and balance-of-plant suppliers, Globeleq estimates that the project will require an investment of approximately US$300 million and is expected to take 24 months to construct after financial close, anticipated in 2024. This groundbreaking initiative underscores Globeleq's commitment to advancing renewable energy solutions across Africa.

Globeleq's Leadership in Renewable Energy

With nearly 1,800 MW of energy provided across various African countries, Globeleq is a pioneer in independent power production on the continent. Red Sands marks Globeleq's foray into Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS) in South Africa, complementing its existing renewable energy portfolio and underscoring its dedication to sustainable energy development.

Strategic Vision and Commitment

Mike Scholey, Globeleq’s CEO, expressed his enthusiasm for the Red Sands project, highlighting its importance in meeting South Africa's energy demands and driving industrial and domestic growth. Antony Phillipson, British High Commissioner to South Africa, emphasized the UK's pride in supporting South Africa's energy aspirations through innovative technology and sustainable solutions.

A Catalyst for Sustainable Development

Globeleq's Red Sands project represents a significant milestone in Africa's renewable energy journey, paving the way for enhanced energy storage capabilities and accelerated transition to clean, sustainable power sources. With its innovative approach and strategic partnerships, Globeleq is poised to lead the charge towards a greener, more resilient energy future for South Africa and beyond.