Kuwait’s solar drive gains ground

Abdally ready for 200MW photovoltaic installation

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KUWAIT CITY, May 20: All the necessary infrastructure works for the supply, installation and maintenance of photovoltaic panels in Abdally have been completed, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources from the Ministry of Electricity and Water. Sources disclosed the project is aimed at producing 180 to 200 megawatts of photovoltaic electricity, indicating the project area spans 2.28 square kilometers and that the ministry has asked the Municipality Council to allocate land for this purpose.

According to the sources, the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) conducted a study on this project. Sources said the ministry relied on this institute’s expertise in the field, as it carried out research to gain a better understanding of the performance of various types of photovoltaic solar energy units in Kuwait’s environmental conditions.

Sources affirmed this project has been included in the ministry’s budget for the current fiscal year; in preparation for its referral to the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) to invite specialized companies in the field of photovoltaic energy to participate in the bidding. Sources said this project is considered one of the renewable energy projects that will contribute approximately 200 megawatts to the total energy production. Currently, the total renewable energy production stands at 71 megawatts; with 70 megawatts coming from the Al-Shaqaya project, which was opened in February 2019, sources added.

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