Egypt’s first grid-connected solar PV plant goes live

Egypt’s first megawatt-scale solar PV plant is now up and running.

Commissioned in two phases during this year, the 20 MW plant in Toshka was built by Complete Energy Solutions, an EPC company specializing in turnkey solar solutions with operations based in Egypt and the UAE.

“The solar plant will add reliable power capacity to the grid in Toshka, which will support agricultural infrastructure development in this area,” said Yasser El Shazly, executive director of Complete Energy Solutions.

“The plant also utilizes green technologies helping to reduce CO2 emissions as well as the usage of conventional sources of energy, reducing the petro-chemical subsidies for Egypt.”

ABB supplied all electrical and automation for the plant, including the design and engineering works; PVS800-IS inverter stations; PVS800-MVP pad-mounted, medium-voltage (MV) solutions; string boxes and a SCADA system for controlling the plant.

“We are proud to have participated in this eminent project, which serves the country’s ambitious renewable energy plans, generates a positive environmental impact and makes the best use of its natural resources,” said Naji Jreijiri, managing director of ABB in Egypt, Central & North Africa.

The 20 MW project was built with eight PVS800-IS inverter stations with a 2000 kW rating. Each inverter station contains two PVS800 central inverters. The inverter stations are connected to PVS800-MVP medium-voltage pad mounted solutions, containing a MV transformer and ring main unit for the MV connection.à‚ 

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