Projects in Jordan, Egypt and Dubai head growing regional portfolio
Enviromena Power Systems has announced that it has begun construction of 509MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the Middle East and North Africa region this year.
In Egypt, the UAE-based firm is constructing 256MW of solar PV projects, which will help provide power to nearly 370,000 homes,while reducing 454,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. The Benban area will host a solar complex totaling 32 power plants generating a combined 1,650MW of electricity according to a statement from Environmena.
Each project is expected to come online in 2019, which is expected to help Egypt achieve its target of 20% renewable energy by 2020.
“The region has seen tremendous growth in the solar industry as a predictable option against volatile commodity prices. And as costs continue to decline coupled with advancements in technology, we expect an upcoming project pipeline of 900MW for Enviromena in the region,” said Sami Khoreibi, chief executive of Enviromena.
Enviromena notes that it has also broken ground on a 247MW project in Al Muwaqqar, Jordan. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2020 and is expected to supply power to 320,000 homes, while reducing 408,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Speaking about its activities in its home market, the firm says it has begun work on four rooftop solar projects totaling 5MW. The systems are all located in Dubai and include the Al Barakah Dates Factory – the company says this will be the world’s first date factory to run on solar power. Additionally, Environmena is installing at 1.34MW system at the Gulf Center for Soap and Chemical Industries.
Ayham Mkalalati, director of Business Development at Enviromena, added, “Enviromena has already completed 104MW of solar projects this year, and by year-end, we will have increased that total to more than 600MW. To continue growing our portfolio while providing unparalleled service, we’ve also increased our staff by 30% since the start of the year.”