August 19 (Renewables Now) - Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA (OSL:SSO) has achieved commercial operation of its fourth 65-MW photovoltaic (PV) park at the 1.5-GW Benban solar power complex in Egypt.
The company announced the milestone on Monday, saying it currently has 260 MW of capacity in operation at the Benban project site. It expects to complete its entire 390-MW portion of the ambitious scheme by commissioning two more plants over the next couple of months.
Scatec Solar’s partners in this project are KLP Norfund and Africa 50. Together, in April 2017 they entered into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the government of Egypt tied to Benban. The six plants totalling 390 MW will be able to produce about 870 GWh of electricity per year, or enough to supply over 420,000 local homes.
The Norwegian firm noted that the Benban project is its largest operational asset and its first one using bi-facial solar panels that capture the sun from both sides. In June, it put into operation the third 65-MW plant of the project.