August 30 (Renewables Now) - Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA (OSL:SSO) has connected to the grid its fifth 65-MW photovoltaic (PV) farm located at the 1.5-GW Benban solar power complex in Egypt.
With the latest project reaching commercial operation, the independent solar power producer has now accumulated 335 MW in Egypt. Scatec Solar said Friday its sixth and final solar farm at the Benban site will reach commercial operation in the coming months to round up the total capacity to 390 MW.
Scatec Solar has partnered with renewable energy investor KLP Norfund and infrastructure investment platform Africa 50 on the Benban project. In April 2017, the trio signed 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Egyptian government, covering the output of all six solar farms at Benban.
Once the last one of them goes online, the six farms together will produce an estimated 870 GWh each year and supply electricity to more than 420,000 Egyptian households.