Elsewedy Electric has started full commercial operation of its two solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Benben SolarPark near the southern city of Aswan.
With a total investment value of $140 million, the projects will produce 290 gigawatt hours (GWh) annually to power above 140,000 households, cutting 120,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, Elsewedy Electric.
Situated in Benban in the governorate of Aswan, the two plants were developed by Elsewedy Electric jointly with Electricite de France’s EDF Renewables as part of the second phase of the Renewable Energies Feed-in-Tarrif (FiT) programme launched by the Egyptian government.
The Benben complex aims to include 32 solar plants on a 37.2 square kilometer area and will churn out 1650 megawatts of electricity.
The ambitious project is set to be the largest solar park in the world, and aspires to provide somewhere between 1.6-2 gigawatts of solar power by mid-2019.