Oman's 500-MW Ibri II PV project gets 1st batch of bifacial panels
Sunset in Oman. Author: Julien André Eilert.
July 2 (Renewables Now) - The first batch of bifacial solar panels arrived from China at the site of the 500-MW Ibri II photovoltaic (PV) project in Oman, Saudi developer ACWA Power said Thursday.
ACWA Power is leading the consortium that includes Kuwait’s Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) and Alternative Energy Projects Co (AEPC) on what is described as Oman’s largest utility-scale solar independent power project.
The first shipment contained 24,700 panels totalling 10 MWp manufactured by China’s Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology Co Ltd. Each panel has generation capacity of 405 Wp, according to ACWA Power.
The shipment arrived on schedule despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and related supply chain disruptions in China, Rajit Nanda, ACWA Power chief investment officer and board member in the Ibri II project company, said in a statement.
The mega-project will occupy an area of 13 million square metres (140m sq ft) in Al-Dhahirah governorate. The plant will be equipped with around 1.4 million solar panels. At peak capacity, Ibri II complex will be capable of generating enough power to meet consumption needs of some 33,000 households per year.
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