- Egypt’s NREA says it has 5,200 sq. km. land freed up across the country for renewable energy generation capacity
- It can host as much as 60 GW capacity with high potential for wind and solar power generation
- Land is available in Zafarana, Gulf of Suez, East and West Nile, Aswan and Benban regions
Egypt has allocated 5,200 sq. km. land to the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) which the latter says is enough to host as much as 60 GW of renewable energy capacity developed by public and private companies.
Local media reports referred to an announcement by the NREA stating that this land is available in Zafarana, Gulf of Suez, East and West Nile, Aswan and Benban regions. Benban is where the country currently operates a 1.65 GW solar complex on 32 plots of land.
While East Nile region has 1,923 sq. km. land available, West Nile offers 1,626 sq. km. the Gulf of Suez will have 80 sq. km. area, and Zafarana has 6.5 sq. km. Aswan region has 7 plots of land along with an equal number of plots available in Benban. Some of these regions are good for wind and solar power generation.
Renewable energy generated by the planned capacity will also help Egypt in producing green hydrogen.
Further details about the availability of land are available on NREA’s website.
The country aims to have 42% of its electricity supply come from renewables by 2030. By the end of Q3/2022, the government expects 3.57 GW clean energy capacity to come online in the country. At the end of 2021, Egypt had a total installed renewable energy capacity of 6.226 GW, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) with 1.65 GW coming from solar PV.