Egypt has started works to implement the biggest solar energy production projects in Qena, lies some 700 km (435 miles) south of Cairo in Upper Egypt.
The project will be built on a space of 25,000 metres square in the Qena industrial zone, head of industrial zone in Qena governorate, Fatima Ibrahim said Friday.
The investment cost of the project exceeds 100 million Egyptian pounds ($11.3 million), set to create more than 1,000 new job opportunities, Ibrahim added.
Ibrahim said that the project includes four additions: a factory to produce processed glass used in solar panel manufacturing, as well as three projects, one for solar cell production, another for assembling solar cells into solar panels and the third for solar heater production.
She further mentioned that the project already obtained all licenses needed to start work including the approval of both the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA).