Grid-Connected Small-Scale Solar PV

In 2016, Egypt adopted a plan to facilitate the transition to clean energy, and the country is targeting 42% renewables in total electricity generation by 2035. To invest in its solar energy potential, in 2017 Egypt established the Grid-Connected Small-Scale Photovoltaic Project (Egypt-PV)i, which promotes pilot PV projects to increase small-scale distributed generation while supporting entrepreneurship, employment and solar capacity. The project finances up to 25% of the upfront costs of a PV system.

Egypt-PV targets installations in the industrial, educational, tourism, commercial, residential and public sectors, in addition to promoting building-integrated PV. It recently targeted the tourism sector in Sharm El Sheikh, to align with the Green Sharm initiative in the lead-up to the UN climate conference being held in the city in late 2022. The project also developed the online platform PV-Hub, which links Egypt’s solar market with stakeholders and accelerates awareness, investment and implementation.

As of 2021, Egypt-PV had implemented 49 small-scale PV projects in 15 governorates and trained more than 350 people. The 125 individual systems installed so far have a combined capacity of 11 MW and produce 17,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, benefiting around 8,800 households and businesses.

i Egypt-PV is co-funded by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme, supported by the Egyptian government and implemented by the Industrial Modernization Centre.

Source: See endnote 88 in chapter 01.

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