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EGYPT SMALL SCALE PV PROJECTS - SUCCESS STORY

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This album presents success stories of Solar System projects supported technically and financially by the Grid-Connected Small Scale Photovoltaic Systems “Egypt-PV”, which is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in partnership with the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC) and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The total number of implemented projects till June 2020 reached 35 projects across various targeted sectors. Egypt-PV successfully implemented 109 solar system plants in 13 governorates with a total capacity of 8.2 MWp, and with a total saving of electricity 13 GWh / year. It includes 16 projects in the industrial sector, 6 projects in the commercial sector, 3 projects in the public buildings sector, 5 projects in the tourism sector, 3 projects in the educational services sector, and two projects in the residential sector.


In addition, this project album presents significant events and training sessions conducted by the project from 2018 till June 2020.
The project aims at the development of decentralized, grid-connected small-scale PV systems and catalyzing its installation over factories, hotels, commercial, public and residential buildings, which will result in a direct reduction in GHG equivalent to 0.6 to 0.7 million tons of CO2 emissions.

In addition to establishing a one-stop shop to provide technical support, with the intention of increasing PV local component, creating new employment opportunities, and supporting this emergent technology and market in Egypt while removing barriers preventing from increasing power generation using decentralized grid-connected small scale PV systems.

This project was awarded as the best project internationally in the " Low Carbon" Category of The 21 st annual competition "EI Awards" for the year 2000 organized by the British Energy Institue (BEI).

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Matt Chester on Sep 15, 2021

Looks like some great early pilot successes-- do you expect to see the rate of project implementation accelerate now that the use cases have been proven? 

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Sep 15, 2021

Hi Matt

Yes, for sure. But I expect that in case an Energy Services Company ESCO has been found to look after these promising projects.

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Jim Stack on Sep 15, 2021

Small Scale? These are pretty good sized projects to me. What do you consider small vs large scale?

 

QUOTE=The total number of implemented projects till June 2020 reached 35 projects across various targeted sectors. Egypt-PV successfully implemented 109 solar system plants in 13 governorates with a total capacity of 8.2 MWp, and with a total saving of electricity 13 GWh / year. 

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Sep 16, 2021

Hi Jim

(1) According to the report most of these projects are around 150KWp, 500-900 KWp . Some of them are less than 100 KWp, while a few are around 1MWp with only one project of 5 MWp.

(2) Payback periods of all are around 6 years.

(3) By definition, in Egypt, a small scale size is up to 5MWp.

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Nathan Wilson on Sep 16, 2021

"Success stories"?  Grid-connected small PV systems are fine for rich nations that need to find a use for extra cash, but they cost significantly more than grid-connect utility-scale generation, including utility solar.

That's more dishonest politics that takes advantage of (and worsens) wide-spread mis-information.  Just what the world does not need.

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Sep 16, 2021

Hi Nathan

(1)  Considering your astonishing remark about the success story, It is my pleasure to mention that project was awarded as the best project internationally in the " Low Carbon" Category of The 21 st annual competition "EI Awards" for the year 2000 organized by the British Energy Institue (BEI).

Is this widespread misinformation, too?

(2) In Egypt, we have both types: Utility-Scale PV project and Grid-connected small scale PV.

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