- Taqa Power, a subsidiary of Taqa Arabia, has commissioned a 20 MW solar PV power plant in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
- The installation is set to power 6000 hotel rooms a few weeks before COP27.
Taqa Power financed and implemented this project with the support of the South Sinai Governorate and the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) who granted it land. The solar energy provider also received support from the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) and the Egyptian Electricity Utilities Regulation and Consumer Protection Agency (EgyptERA). Image credit: Taqa Power
“The solar power plant will provide 30% of Nabq’s electrical load using clean energy, reinforcing the government’s plan to transform clean energy and make the city of Sharm El-Sheikh the first green city in Egypt,” Taqa says. The company estimates that its plant is capable of offsetting the emissions of 500,000 tons of CO2.
The Taqa solar power project capex came in at around US$12.7 million. The Cairo-based firm will run the solar power facility for 25 years. The park, whose construction required less than 100 people, will also supply electricity to the Nabq region and Global Energy, a division of Taqa Arabia. It is a 600 km2 protected natural area close to Sharm El-Sheikh.
Six thousand hotel rooms that will house delegations from around the world during the 27th United Nations Climate Conference are scheduled to receive clean energy from the facility (COP27).
Author: Bryan Groenendaal