Egypt: Scatec Soon to Complete 390MW Solar PV Project at Benban

  • Scatec Solar and partners have grid connected and reached commercial operation for another 65 MW of the Benban project in Egypt.
  • This is Scatec Solar’s fifth solar plant in country and the company now has 335 MW in operation in Egypt.
  • The last plant is expected to reach commercial operation with a couple of months, marking completion of the 390 MW Benban project.

The Benban solar power plant will be Scatec Solar’s largest project in operation and is the company’s first solar plant with bi-facial solar panels, capturing the sun from both sides of the panels to increase the total clean energy generation.

In April 2017, Scatec Solar with its partners KLP Norfund and Africa 50 signed a 25-year Power Purchase Agreements with the Government of Egypt for delivery of electricity from six solar plants, equal in size, totaling 390 MW. The estimated annual 870 GWh of electricity produced from Scatec Solar’s plants in Benban will avoid about 350,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually and provide energy for more than 420,000 Egyptian households.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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