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Benban, Egypt, One of The Biggest Solar Parks in The World

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The Benban Solar Park is a large-scale solar energy project located in the Western Desert of Egypt, near the village of Benban, Aswan Governorate. It is considered one of the world's largest solar parks and has played a significant role in Egypt's renewable energy goals. The development of the Benban Solar Park began in 2015 as part of Egypt's ambitious plan to increase its renewable energy capacity and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The project was driven by the country's excellent solar resources and the desire to diversify its energy mix.


Benban Solar Park located on an area of 37.2 km2 (14.4 sq mi) which is subdivided into 41 separate plots arranged in 4 rows with each plot range in size from 0.3 km2 (0.12 sq mi) to 1 km2 (0.39 sq mi). Each plot will be available to different companies to develop 41 plants. The 41 plants in the Benban solar park will be connected to the high voltage network through four new substations, which will be constructed on the site by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC). These substations will in turn connect to an existing 220 kV line, which passes near the Benban Site at a distance of approximately 12 km. At a later stage, EETC may also construct an additional connection to the neighboring 500 kV line.


The park follows a unique build-own-operate (BOO) model, where private companies are responsible for constructing and operating individual solar plants within the park. The Egyptian government has provided attractive feed-in tariffs and other incentives to attract both local and international investors. The construction of the park involved a collaborative effort from various companies and investors from around the world. Cutoff in September 2021, over 30 developers were involved in the project, including prominent companies like Scatec Solar, ACWA Power, and Enel Green Power.


The Benban Solar Park's development has had a significant socio-economic impact on the region. It has created thousands of jobs during the construction phase and has boosted the local economy. Additionally, the project has contributed to Egypt's goal of increasing its renewable energy capacity to 20% by 2022 and 42% by 2035.

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