Egypt’s new solar plant to provide electricity to 1 million homes

Africa’s largest solar park is finished!

Egypt's new solar plant to provide electricity to 1 million homes

In the Sahara Desert, near the Egyptian city of Aswan, a giant solar power plant with an area of ​​37 sq. km. Benban Solar Park project took 3 years to build, and will now provide 1 million Egyptian homes with electricity and cut CO2 emissions by 1.9 million tonnes annually. 

Egypt has relied on renewable energy sources and is going to generate more than 20% of its energy by 2022. The solar park consists of 41 stations, which are connected to the high voltage network. Electricity generates 6 thousand photovoltaic modules with a total capacity of 1.5 GW. 

Egypt's new solar plant to provide electricity to 1 million homes

The world’s largest solar power plant is equipped with panels with single-axis trackers, which increase electricity generation by 15-17% per year compared to a static system. Single Axis Solar Tracker – it is a dynamic system for mounting photovoltaic modules, which includes 8 sections of 60 modules each. The tracker can be adapted to almost any terrain shape.

Initially, the construction of the solar power plant was estimated at $ 800 million, but the final estimate was $ 500 million. A significant amount of money was saved thanks to the help of the countries of the European Union and the UN Green Climate Fund..

Meanwhile, a 1 MW solar power plant was opened in Omsk.

text: Ilya Bauer