CAIRO: The establishment of three solar power plants of five-megawatt capacity each, was finalized in Wadi Gedid, southwest of Egypt, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
At a cost of 87 million EGP, the plants are located in Farafra city, Abu Munqar village and Darb al-Arbeen area, Youm7 quoted Wadi Gedid Governor Mahmoud Ashmawy.
The separate solar cells unit serves al-Shab area as part of a plan to settle citizens in the large governorate in Egypt’s southeastern desert.
Egypt’s electricity sector has adopted plans to cover 20 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, amid efforts to procure energy for running power plants.
The Electricity Ministry said in October that 6,900 homes in Upper Egypt, namely Siwa, Luxor, Qena and Aswan, have already been outfitted with solar panels funded by a $140 million grant from the United Arab Emirates, Youm7 reported.
In August, the ministry signed 56 memoranda of understanding to build wind- and solar- powered power plants with capacity of 4300 megawatts, Youm7 reported Saturday.