- Egypt is to launch a 130 MW solar tender to be established on rooftops of its New Administrative Capital
- Under phase I of the city’s rooftop solar program, 10 MW was realized for government buildings
- Phase II with 130 MW rooftop capacity will be the largest rooftop PV project in the world, according to ACUD
The Administrative Capital for Urban Development (ACUD) in Egypt is prepping to launch a tender for 130 MW solar power capacity in what it calls will be the largest rooftop PV project in the world and the largest international tender for this segment.
To be implemented under a power purchase agreement (PPA) model, through the tender the administration seeks to make use of residential rooftops in the city.
Execution of the project is planned to start in H2/2022 and achieve completion in 2023, ACUD announced on its social media handle.
ACUD said this comprises phase II of the Photovoltaic Rooftops Project on Building Rooftops in Residential Districts for the National Administrative Capital (NAC). The program is being carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Communities and the Engineering Authority.
Phase I of the program was launched in 2019 under which 10 MW of rooftop solar power capacity was realized on government buildings.
The overarching aim for ACUD is to have renewable energy sources to account for 30% to 35% of total consumed electricity for NAC of which solar energy makes up a large part.
The announcement comes ahead of Egypt getting ready to host Climate Change Conference of Parties or COP 27 in November 2022.
As the name suggests, Egypt is working on NAC as its new administrative capital, the country’s 1st smart & sustainable city, moving the government offices out of current capital Cairo, and also creating provision for urban neighborhoods. The new capital city, located at a distance of 35 km from Cairo, is aimed at strengthening and diversifying the country’s economic potential by creating new places to live, work and visit, ACUD states on its website.