March 9 (Renewables Now) - Egypt will connect between 300 MW and 400 MW of new renewable energy capacity to the national power grid this year, the executive chairman of the country's New and Renewable Energy Authority, NREA, told daily Addustour.
In an interview with the paper, Mohammed El Khayat noted that other projects are currently under construction and said that the total green energy capacity in the North African country is expected to exceed 10 GW by 2024.
El Khayat reaffirmed that renewable energy plays a key role in the country's Vision 2030 strategy for sustainable development. He stressed that recent technology progress would open up new opportunities for investors in green energy that go beyond electricity production. He gave as examples projects for desalination plants running on solar power and for green hydrogen and ammonia production.
Solar power plants across Egypt last year generated 4,500 GWh and wind turbines produced 5,400 GWh of green electricity. A further 14,000 GWh came from hydropower plants while biofuel projects produced 86 GWh.
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