Egypt has made a massive step forward regarding the diversification of its renewable energy sources during the past few years, by implementing the Benban solar project to generate electricity from solar energy in Aswan Governorate.
Named the best in the world in terms of operating efficiency, the project won the Government Excellence Award and received global attention after being chosen as the World Capital of Solar Energy.
Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker said that Egypt ranks fourth globally in having the largest stations to generate power from solar energy, thanks to the Benban solar park’s capacity of 2000 megawatts.
The site includes 32 solar stations to generate electricity from solar energy, which each station having a capacity of 50 megawatts.
Completely gas-insulated transformer stations were also established for the first time in Egypt, earning it the fourth largest concentration of solar energy stations with a voltaic cell system without storage worldwide.
The project won the Arab Government Excellence Award in its first session as the best infrastructure development project, while the total cost of the project amounts to between $3.5 and $4 billion.