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An Oman-based firm has been awarded the contract to build Saudi Arabia’s largest photovoltaic plant near Riyadh, producing a peak power of 3.5 megawatts.
German firm Phoenix Solar was previously commissioned to install a solar testing field by Saudi Aramco, designed to analyse different module technologies at its Dhahran headquarters, and will now head up the plant construction for the new solar park.
The photovoltaic plant is planned to provide electricity to the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC), which is currently under construction near Riyadh, and will be built on the same land.
"The solar market in the Gulf region is still in its infancy,” says Klaus Friedl, general manager of Phoenix Solar LLC. “There is, however, a huge potential for solar power plants in Saudi Arabia, and we are delighted to be able to build the largest ground-mounted plant in Saudi Arabia, using our know-how to support the introduction of renewable energies into Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region to the best of our ability."
Working with Naizak Global Engineering Systems, its local project partner in Saudi Arabia, Phoenix Solar will design and build the grid-connected, ground-mounted plant by the end of September 2011.