French renewable energy company Voltalia has started construction of the 32MW Râ Solar project, its first solar power plant in Africa, located in the Ben Ban solar park, in Aswan region, Egypt.
The project has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the state-owned utility Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC). Commissioning is scheduled for the second half of 2019.
The 1.8GW Ben Ban solar PV complex is one of the world’s largest solar parks.
Râ Solar will be equipped with 93,150 Suntech PV panels of a 345Wp capacity mounted on a single-axis trackers. Around 150 workers will be employed at the peak of construction activities.
Voltalia plans to develop an 800MW portfolio in Egypt in the next 5 to 8 years.