Soitec and partner Khaled Juffali Co., a Saudi investment firm, have won a contract to supply modules for a pilot concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) power plant for the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco). Belectric Saudi Arabia LLC will build the plant.
Soitec says the 1 MW facility, to be located in the kingdom's Tabuk region, will enable Saudi Aramco to assess the performance of CPV technology in utility-scale plants.
‘We have made dedicated efforts in recent months to position ourselves in Saudi Arabia and to bring to the country a strong offering," says Gaetan Borgers, executive vice president of Soitec Solar Division." We are very proud to have been selected in this first CPV tender, and we look forward to a fruitful cooperation with Aramco.’
The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, an institution established to implement Saudi Arabia's renewable energy policy, expects solar energy to account for 41 GW of the kingdom's installed capacity by 2032.
In May, Saudi Arabia engaged the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to help with technical issues related to developing a solar energy policy.