Masdar Special Projects: Siwa Solar PV Plant, Egypt

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Masdar’s 10 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Siwa was the largest solar power installation in Egypt at the time of its completion in March 2015. The project is the first utility-scale solar power installation in the Arab Republic of Egypt and accounts for 30% of the grid capacity of Siwa City and its adjoining areas.

This solar installation produces 17,551 MWh of clean electricity annually and displaces approximately 14,000 tons of CO2 per year. The plant consists of 74,640 micromorph thin-film panels and supplies clean, safe and secure electricity to over 6,000 homes in Siwa City and outskirts.

The project is part of a UAE funded grant program for rural electrification in Egypt, which will include solar energy solutions to electrify 264 rural villages, hamlets and communities currently lacking reliable access electricity and not connected to the national grid. Masdar executed and developed the project on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Government.

The project was initiated by Masdar in cooperation with the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority of Egypt (NREA) in March 2014 under the sponsorship of UAE Egypt Taskforce, and was fully commissioned in March 2015.

The solar power plant is operated by Al Behira Electrical Distribution Company, which is owned by the state owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company.

Quick Facts:

  • Located in Siwa, Egypt
  •  First utility scale and largest solar PV plant in Egypt when connected to the grid in March 2015
  • The 10MW solar plant produces about 17,500 MWh per year 
  • Supplies electricity to nearly 6,000 homes and accounts for 30% of the power demand in Siwa City and outskirts
  • Land area: 175,000 m2
  • Displaces approximately 14,000 tons of CO2 annually