CSP in Saudi Arabia made progress today with the new commissioning announcement by Solar Systems of Australia, a Silex company. A 1MW demonstration project began production at the Nofa Equestrian Resort, a recreational facility owned by His Highness, Prince Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Kabeer. As shown in the project image, the plant uses Solar System’s “dense array” dish concentrator solar technology. There are 26 dishes in total and project economics were justified by displacing on-site diesel generation for the remote facility.
Silex Systems’ CEO Michael Goldsworthy explained in a company press release that the Solar Systems’ CPV technology was ideally suited to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“With its high Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI), very high average daily temperatures and negligible cloud cover, Solar Systems’ concentrating dish technology is well-suited to clean energy production in Saudi Arabia,” Dr Goldsworthy said.
“There are significant opportunities to develop CSP in Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom seeks to build 41GW (or 41,000 MW) of solar energy generating capacity over the next two decades under a Government-sponsored Competitive Procurement Program to be administered by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA CARE).”
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