Abengoa KaXu is a 100 MW power plant developed by Abengoa Solar South Africa Pty Ltd, in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Kaxu was the first operational private sector utility-scale CSP plant with storage in the developing world. After the first year of the plant's operation, IFC wanted an evaluation to inform IFC Blended Finance Unit, IFC management, CTF member countries, the climate finance community, and other key stakeholders of the development outcomes achieved by the project through design, construction and first year of operation. The evaluation would also gather baseline data for a potential second phase evaluation and would further assess the role that Kaxu project has played as part of the CTF South Africa Investment Plan as well as the Government of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme. Lastly, the evaluation would provide lessons learned for future projects of this kind.
DHInfrastructure evaluated the project through an analysis of project documents, semi-structured interviews with project staff and key stakeholders, and expert assessment. The evaluation focused on the project's strategic relevance, design, development outcomes, and lessons.