Saudi's biggest solar project completed
Ground mounted PV system installed at Saudi Aramco site
China’s Suntech Power Holdings has announced that a 3.5 MW solar PV project has been completed in Saudi Arabia. The new site – the biggest of its kind in the Kingdom – is owned by Saudi Aramco and is located on the grounds of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC).
Solar specialist Phoenix Solar has used Suntech’s solar panels in the 3.5 WM system which is made up of 12,684 Suntech panels, covering an area of 55,000 square metres. The firm says that the grid connected systems is intended to supply 5,800 megawatt hours for electricity per year, offsetting about 4,900 tonnes of annual carbon dioxide emissions.
“We are pleased to complete this historic project which will provide clean, renewable energy for KAPSARC as well as for the Saudi grid. We chose Suntech’s panels because of their proven durability and performance in high-temperature, desert conditions,” said Phoenix Solar’s vice president of projects and head of its Middle East operations.
Suntech vice president of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, added: “This project represents an important milestone in the development of the solar industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are pleased to work with our partners Phoenix Solar and Saudi Aramco and look forward to continuing to support the ongoing growth of solar in the Middle East.”