- French energy group, EDF Renewables and local contractor Elsewedy Electric has commissioned a total of 130 MW Solar PV plant in Egypt.
- EDF announced that the latest plants moved it closer to meeting its goal of doubling its net renewable energy capacity in France and worldwide to a net amount of 50GW between 2015-2030.
The plants at Benban in the province of Aswan in southern Egypt have received funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), one of various international lenders supporting the project.
EDF Renewables said Benban will “soon” have a capacity of 1.8GW. According to Egyptian news media citing the chief executive of the country’s r enewable energy authority, Mohamed al-Khayyat, the solar complex will be completed in December with a capacity of 1.47GW. Read more
“We are proud to be playing our part in delivering the large-scale Benban solar complex by commissioning these two solar power plants,” said EDF Renewables chief executive Bruno Bensasson.
“With the establishment of our new subsidiary in Cairo, we have reached a major milestone in EDF Renewables’ long-term development in Egypt and across the North African renewable energy market as a whole.”
Benban forms part of Egypt’s objective to generate 20% of its electricity from renewables by 2020.
The solar complex is divided into several dozen plots that are built by a series of private companies, among the also Spain’s Acciona or Norway’s Scatec. Read more
EDF has a target to double its renewables energy capacity in France and worldwide to 50GW net between 2015 and 2030.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal
Source: EDF Renewables