Silicon module super league member (SMSL) JA Solar announced today that it has provided 11MW of high-efficiency PV modules for a PV-diesel hybrid power project in the Red Sea region of Egypt. Developed by Masdar and funded by the government of Abu Dhabi, the project constitutes the largest hybrid projects in North Africa and is comprised of four separate power plants – Marsa Alam, Shalateen, Abu Ramad and Halayreb.
Strategically placed, the project is designed to provide consistent electricity for the tourism industry in the Red Sea region. The four power plants have a combined capacity of 14MW and will lead to significant savings associated with the purchase and transportation of costly diesel oil. On the other hand, the pairing of diesel generators with solar power mitigates against the variable generation of PV power.
Upon completion, the project is expected to provide enough electricity for 25,800 households and displace 42,700 tonnes of CO2 annually.
“Because the project is located in the desert and will experience extreme climatic conditions, it has stringent requirements for highly reliable modules. Our winning bid demonstrates the high quality and reliability of our modules and the broad international recognition of our products,” said Jian Xie, president of JA Solar. “We are committed to meeting the diverse needs of our customers through innovations in technology and improvements in product performance, while seizing opportunities to make a positive contribution to solving the world's increasingly serious energy problems.”