November 12 (Solar) – French renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) last week announced that start of construction of a 32-MW solar park in Egypt, its first photovoltaic (PV) project in Africa.
The Ra Solar plant will be part of the Benban complex in Egypt's Aswan governorate, which is planned to have a capacity of 1.8 GWp, once fully operational. The commissioning of the 32-MW facility is scheduled for the second half of next year, Voltalia said.
Once up and running, the Ra Solar plant will operate under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company signed last October. It will use 93,150 Suntech photovoltaic (PV) panels mounted on single-axis trackers.
The project is part of Voltalia’s expansion on the Egyptian renewable energy market, where it plans to add 800 MW of capacity in the next five to eight years. It will develop the portfolio both for itself and for third-party clients, it said this summer on the opening of a new office in Cairo.
Meanwhile, the French firm noted it is developing other projects in Africa without elaborating further.