Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) is actively engaged in implementing solar and wind projects with a combined capacity of 3,170MW in a bid to improve electricity access in the country.
The Egyptian government aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy production mix by 20% by 2022, with the possibility of doubling it by 2035.
NREA is a government institution responsible for the promotion and development of renewable energy projects in Egypt. “The projects under consideration are wind farms with a total capacity of 2,200MW and solar power plants with a combined capacity of 970MW,” says Mohamed El-Khayyat, the director of NREA.
The government institution has conducted studies into construction applications for several solar photovoltaic and wind energy plants with a cumulative capacity of 6.34GW.
New Renewable Energy Agency developing capacity
The New Renewable Energy Authority recently announced the implementation of these solar and wind projects, while several others are already underway.
Among these projects, 2.75GW are projects taken over by the private sector. According to El-Khayyat, the projects include 250MW wind farms owned by the public sector and solar photovoltaic plants with a capacity of 170MWp.
The projects include other wind farms with a capacity of 1,950MW initiated by the private sector, as well as solar photovoltaic plants of 800MWp.
According to the director of NREA, the electrical energy that will be generated by the future 6.34GW solar power plants will also be used to operate irrigation wells in the country.
“The use of solar energy for these wells reduces the pressure on the electricity grid, while harnessing the renewable energy available. It also ensures that no wells operate except during periods of sunshine, which will allow both maximum use of the underground reservoir and its preservation over a long period of time,” El-Khayyat explained.