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Oman's first solar project to start up in May

The 303kW grid connected project is located at Al Mazyunah in Dhofar governate.

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Oman’s first commercial solar power project will be commissioned by May.

The 303 kW solar power plant will be Al Mazyunah in Dhofar, the Oman Tribune said citing the CEO of Rural Areas Electricity Company (Raeco), Hamad Bin Salim Al Maghdari.

The grid connected project is being executed by US firm Astonfield and local firm Multitech.

Raeco signed an agreement for the project, including power purchase in November 2013.

The technology used includes PV thin films and polycrystalline system and is spread over 8 square kilometres.

Oman is aiming to generate 25% of the country’s energy needs from renewable sources.

Al Maghdari said work on the 50MW wind power plant in Dhofar would begin in June and it will complete by 2016.

Oman’s first wind energy power project is being developed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Masdar) at a cost of $200mn.

Eight diesel power plants have been identified for conversion to gas fired plants provided gas is available, he added.

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