Voda­fone of­fers ten­der for so­lar power plant in Dabaa

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Mohamed Farag

Voda­fone has launched a lim­ited ten­der for the con­struc­tion of a 3 MW so­lar power plant in El Dabaa area in Ma­trouh.

Mohamed El-Had­dad, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Com­plete En­ergy So­lu­tions (CES), said that his com­pany had sub­mit­ted an of­fer in­Voda­fone’s bid to build a 3 MW so­lar power plant us­ing net metring with the aim to win the ten­der.

Net metring is a mech­a­nism that gives own­ers of so­lar en­ergy plants dues for the elec­tric­ity they add to the grid.It in­cludes the in­stal­la­tion of a so­lar sys­tem con­nected to the govern­ment grid and a bidi­rec­tional me­tre.The me­tre is trig­gered when pro­duc­tion gen­er­a­tion is greater than con­sump­tion and adds value to the cus­tomer’s bal­ance.

In the end,the amount of en­ergy pro­duced by the so­lar pan­els and the amount of en­ergy con­sumed will be off­set and the cus­tomer’s net bill will be ei­ther pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive.

El-Had­dad ex­plained that CES is com­pet­ing with Egyptian So­lar En­ergy Sys­tems Co for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of so­lar power plants in build­ings be­long­ing to Tele­com Egypt, gained tech­ni­cal qual­i­fi­ca­tion, pre­sented its fi­nan­cial of­fer, and is await­ing the an­nounce­ment of the fi­nal re­sult.

Ac­cord­ing to the ten­der of­fered byT­ele­com Egypt,the win­ning com­pany will in­stall so­lar power plants with dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties of 15, 30, 60 and 90 kW.The to­tal num­ber of sta­tions has not been de­ter­mined al­though it is likely to reach 200.

El-Had­dad pointed to ne­go­ti­a­tions with a num­ber of com­pa­nies qual­i­fied for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of so­lar en­ergy projects in Ben­ban,Aswan to par­tic­i­pate in the con­struc­tion work for the estab­lish­ment of sta­tions, adding that the com­pany is near­ing an agree­ment with an­other com­pany to par­take in the estab­lish­ment of two 50 MW power plants.

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