Marking the first such large-scale solar power project in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, Conergy Asia-Pacific has agreed to design, construct and manage a 2MW solar power plant for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Located in Thuwal, north of the city of Jeddah, the cost of the project is estimated at €11.3 million and will feature Conergy’s mounting systems and solar modules supplied by SunPower Corp.
Saudi-based National Solar Systems will oversee all installation and operational management requirements, while the project as a whole is being managed by Saudi Aramco on behalf of the Saudi Government. Several large contractors will manage the construction of the plant, which will consist of two rooftop solar plants, each with an output of 1MW, being installed on the North and South Laboratories of the University. The installation in its entirety will take up 11,577 square metres of roof space and produce 3,332MWh of energy.
“As a market leader and major player in the renewable energy business, Conergy Asia-Pacific will play a key role in responding to the GCC’s growng demand for solar and wind energy,” said Abdulhadi Al-Mureeh, Director of Business Development for National Solar Systems. “The cooperation between Conergy and National Solar Systems for KAUST and other future projects is aimed at realising the synergy and complementing the knowledge and expertise of the two partners.”