Over the end of the week, Sharm el Sheikh opened its first ever solar energy plant. Intro Energy, Schneider Electric and GILA AlTawakol Electric, alongside South Sinai’s Governor Major General Khaled Fouda, launched Sharm el Sheikh’s solar power plant and solar park’s first phase.
The solar park and plant is planned to be a 40MW facility. The plant’s first phase brings 5MW online, which will provide green energy to 2k+ homes, reducing annual carbon emissions by 3k tons. Members of the team behind the project stressed that the plant will not only power Sharm el Sheikh, but is planned to provide green power to all of Egypt as part of the government’s push to generate 20% of power as green energy by 2022.
“The inauguration of our Sharm El Sheikh solar power plant represents Intro Energy’s first foray into the renewable energy universe,” said Mamdouh Abbas, Chairman of Intro Group.
Designs for the expansion of the solar park are already being drawn up for the rest of the 35MW.
“We are proud of our involvement in the development of the South Sinai governorate’s first solar power plant. We have created real value for stakeholders while continuing to emerge as a player in new technological frontiers,” said Walid Sheta, Chairman of Schneider Electric Egypt and Cluster President of Schneider Electric Egypt, North East Africa (NEA) and Levant. “Over the coming period, Schneider will further contribute its expertise in augmenting capacity at the plant to 40 MW. We are fully committed to helping Egypt generate a significant share of its electricity from renewables and clean sources by 2022, a commitment stemming from our support for the dictates of the Paris Climate Accord.”
Intro Energy was the project’s lead developer, responsible for managing the development and disposition of the site, with GILA AlTawakol Electric as co-developer on the project and Schneider Electric as technical partner.
We talked to Reem Zaki, Schneider Electric’s NEA and Levant Marketing Communication Director on how the company is helping encourage more people to be sustainable.
“Schneider Electric shows the ordinary customer the benefits of energy-saving solutions. We display both the short-term and long-term benefits of sustainable practices…If the world is going to become more sustainable, we all need to know how much energy we’re using and how to use energy more intelligently.”