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The New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) recently announced the implementation of solar and wind projects, while various others are in process in Egypt. These projects have a combined capacity of 3,170 MW.
They will be implemented by NREA (The New and Renewable Energy Authority), a government institution responsible for the promotion and development of renewable energy projects in Egypt. These projects will help to improve access to electricity in Egypt.
Mohamed El-Khayyat, the director of NREA stated that “The projects under consideration are wind farms with a total capacity of 2,200 MW and solar power plants with a combined capacity of 970 MW,”
The Egyptian government aims to raise the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy production mix by 20% by 2022, with the possibility of doubling it by 2035.
The government institutions have several upcoming solar photovoltaic and wind power plants with a total capacity of 6.34 GW. Among these projects, 2.75 GW are projects taken over by the private sector.
“The projects include 250 MW wind farms owned by the public sector and solar photovoltaic plants with a capacity of 170 MWp. They also include other wind farms with a capacity of 1,950 MW initiated by the private sector, as well as solar photovoltaic plants of 800 MWp.”,According to Mohamed El-Khayyat, the director of NREA.
El-Khayyat also stated that the electrical energy that will be generated by the future 6.34 GW solar power plants will also be used to operate irrigation wells in the country. The use of solar energy for these wells reduces the pressure on the electricity grid while harnessing the renewable energy available.
“It also ensures that no wells operate except during periods of sunshine, which will allow both maximum use of the underground reservoir and its preservation over a long period of time”, he added.