ReneSola wins Saudi solar deal
Solar modules set for off-grid power project in Medina
ReneSola, a manufacturer of solar PV modules and wafers, has announced that it has been awarded its first contract in the region. The firm is set to supply 15kW of solar modules to Taibah University in Medina, to be used in off-grid power plant site that will test off-grid energy solutions.
The modules are expected to arrive in Medina early this year, and are set to be used to charge the new site’s battery.
“An off-grid solution, particularly one with PV modules powering an energy storage system, can be far more cost-effective than delivering electricity to a small area by conventional means. At the same time, a PV solution can typically be completed faster than grid-connected projects, which provides additional incentive for developers to go with an off-grid PV alternative. We believe such off-grid solutions will find a niche in the PV market, particularly in emerging markets like Africa, South America and the Middle East, where we are already seeing demand,” said ReneSola CEO Xianshou Li.
The firm’s senior vice president of wafer technology, Zhidong Zheng, added: “We believe our modules are well suited for the climates of Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East, particularly our Virtus II modules, which generate high efficiency with very low sensitivity to variations in temperature. The minimal degradation of our solar modules results in long life cycles and reliable power output. We are confident they will perform well in Medina, Makkah Province and attract other developers throughout the Middle East.”
Saudi Arabia currently has a solar power capacity of around 3MW, some way behind the UAE, Morocco and Egypt.