October 28, 2020

Egypt's New Solar Power Plant Provides Electricity to 1 Million Homes

Egypt's New Solar Power Plant Provides Electricity to 1 Million Homes

In the Sahara desert near the Egyptian cityAswan put into operation a giant solar power plant with an area of ​​37 square meters. km The Benban Solar Park project has been under construction for 3 years, and will now provide 1 million Egyptian homes with electricity and reduce CO2 emissions by 1.9 million tons annually.

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

The largest SES in the world is equipped with panels withuniaxial trackers that increase electricity generation by 15-17% per year compared to a static system. The uniaxial solar tracker is a dynamic system for attaching photovoltaic modules, which includes 8 sections of 60 modules each. The tracker can be adapted to the terrain of almost any shape.

Initially, the construction of SES was estimated at $ 800million, but the final estimate was $ 500 million. It was possible to save a significant amount of funds thanks to the help of the countries of the European Union and the UN Green Climate Fund.

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

text: Ilya Bauer