The First Large-scale Ground-mounted PV Plant in Saudi Arabia with Huawei 1500V Smart PV Solution
09 Jan 2019
ACWA Power, a leading developer, owner and operator of power generation and water desalination plants, will use Huawei, as the sole supplier of inverters to integrate FusionSolar 1500V Smart PV Solution, including the SUN2000-90KTL string inverter and cutting edge FusionSolar Smart PV Management System in Saudi Arabia’s first large-scale ground-mounted PV plant.  

ACWA Power won the bid in February 2018 for the Sakaka 300 MW project in Al Jouf, North Saudi Arabia at 2.3417 US cents/kWh as the lowest price ever recorded at a global level. Launched as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy, the project marks the beginning of the country’s transformation from traditional fossil fuels to clean energy. The plant is expected to be completed in October 2019.  

The Sakaka project is located in northern Saudi Arabia, where the flat terrain, sunshine, low vegetation coverage, and heavy dust, present high demands on protection levels, stability and energy yield of the plant.  

Huawei FusionSolar 1500V Smart PV Solution with multi-MPPT string inverters minimizes PV string mismatch and increases the energy yield by 1.5%–2%. The IP65 protection limits the damage by wind and sand erosion. Furthermore, power loss is greatly reduced by an increase in the system voltage and a decrease in current. Consequently, the workload in transportation, installation, and maintenance drops, which reduces human resource and system investment costs. Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV Solution offers higher energy yield, same CAPEX, efficient O&M, and lower OPEX, which leads to lower LCOE and makes the solution most competitive.  

Mohammad Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power, said: “We are immensely proud to take part in the first clean energy project in Saudi Arabia that contributes to the sustainable transition of the Kingdom. We look forward to working with Huawei to utilize our collective expertise gained from renewable projects across the globe to develop and advance the capabilities of the renewable energy sector in the Kingdom. In line with the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030 and the directions of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, we are encouraging active participation of the sector and creating employment opportunities to Saudi nationals while cultivating a knowledge-base for the future of renewables within the country.”  

It is estimated to generate enough clean energy that will be sufficient to power 45,000 households in Al Jouf region while offsetting over 430,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Additionally, the project will create new employment opportunities across sectors including construction and operations.