Belectric and Sun & Life are building Saudi Arabia's largest solar power plant in Dhahran.
The 10MW Photovoltaic Carport System is situated at the recently built North Park offices of Saudi Aramco in Dhahran and will cover all of the 4,500 parking spaces. More than 120,000 copper indium selenide photovoltaic modules will be installed, supplied by the Japanese thin film company Solar Frontier (Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.).
Belectric was awarded the project by the Saudi Arabia based company Al Yamama, the project principal, building Saudi Aramco's Northpark complex including offices and the carpark.
Solar plant EPC specialist, Belectric, is executing the North Park Project in cooperation with solar power specialist Sun & Life, a subsidiary of leading power and water generation projects infrastructure and utilities projects company, Acwa Holding.
Belectric and Sun & Life intend to enhance their cooperation to a full scale joint venture in EPC contracting of solar power plants, and manufacturing of balance of system components in Saudi Arabia.
"We are very proud to be awarded this project. The clear benefits of the thin-film photovoltaic modules combined with our enhanced plant technologies and project engineering are the contributing factors to drive a solar power plant reliable and efficient under hot climate conditions", said Bernhard Beck, CEO of Belectric.
"The large-scale power plant will produce electricity and feed it in to the public grid by the end of 2011."
Abdullah Taibah, CEO of Sun & Life, said, "Sun & Life is looking forward to work with Belectric not only to deliver this iconic project, but also to combine both group's strengths and track records to develop the solar energy industry, and localise technologies in the region. With the latest developments solar and renewable resources become one of the best choices for energy."