300MW Sakaka solar project PV in Al Jouf province of Saudi Arabia
300MW Sakaka solar project PV in Al Jouf province of Saudi Arabia, owned by Sakaka Solar Energy Company (SSEC) a joint venture of ACWA Power and AlGihaz who have share of 70% and 30% respectively, is expected to generate enough clean energy to power 75,000 households and offset 430,000t of CO2 a year.
Construction on the SAR1.2bn ($320m) solar farm was started in November 2018, while the start of commercial operation is expected by the end of 2020. This project will create about 400 jobs.
Sakaka solar farm is the first independent power producer (IPP) project to be developed under the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) being executed by Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO).
NREP is Saudi Arabia’s flagship renewable energy program to increase renewable power generation capacity of the country which is presently over-dependent on fossil fuels, in line with the country’s carbon reduction commitments.
The program is being executed by the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM) in support of the Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Program (NTP) and Vision 2030.
The NREP targets to generate 3.45GW of renewable energy by 2020 under the National Transformation Program (NTP) and 9.5GW of carbon-free power generation by 2023, as part of the Vision 2030.
REPDO awarded a joint venture led by ACWA Power to build, own, and operate the Sakaka solar farm at a tariff as low as $0.0234/kWh, in February 2018. SSEC achieved financial closure for the project in November 2018.
A consortium of Mahindra Susten and Chint Solar (Zheijang) is responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the solar farm.
Mahindra Susten, a subsidiary of Mahindra Group, is a solar EPC services company based in India, while Chint Solar (Zheijang) is a solar PV modules manufacturer based in China.
Huawei, a company based in China, was awarded the contract to supply its FusionSolar 1500V Smart PV Solution along with multi-MPPT string inverters for the Sakaka solar farm in February 2018.