Al-KharsaahH Solar PV Power Plant (KSPP), the first in Qatar and one of the largest in terms of size and capacity in the region, with a total capacity of 800 megawatts (MW), was inaugurated last month.
KSPP was constructed on a 10-sq-km land area. It includes more than 1.8 million solar panels that utilise sun tracking technology to ensure the most efficient use of land and to maximize daily production. It utilizes robotic arms and treated water to clean the solar panels at night in order to enhance the plant’s production efficiency.
The Al-Kharsaah Solar PV Power Plant is owned by a joint venture between affiliates of QatarEnergy Renewable Solutions (60 per cent), Japan’s Marubeni (20.4 per cent) and Frances TotalEnergies (19.6 per cent).
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Minister of State for Energy Affairs and the President and CEO of QatarEnergy Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi highlighted some of Qatar’s efforts towards achieving its sustainability targets, stressing that “the Al-Kharsaah plant is one of the country’s strategic initiatives to build projects that contribute to reducing gas and thermal emissions, thus achieving about a million-ton reduction in annual carbon dioxide emissions.”
Al-Kaabi thanked QatarEnergy’s partners in the project, namely, Marubeni, TotalEnergies, as well as the project’s contractors for their efforts to deliver this project.
KSPP started supplying electrical power to Qatar’s electricity grid last June, marking the start-up of the 400 MW first phase of the 800 MW plant. Full capacity was reached by the end of the second phase. The KSPP can provide the national grid with about 10 per cent of peak electricity demand.