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Egypt’s Massive 1.8-Gigawatt Benban Solar Park Nears Completion

Sun-soaked Egypt’s first utility-scale PV power plant—one of the world’s largest solar installations—is coming online

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Photo: Dominic Chavez/IFC
Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of the International Finance Corporation, visits Benban Solar Park in Egypt.
Photo: Dominic Chavez/IFC

Amid the sand dunes of the eastern Sahara, workers are putting the finishing touches on one of the world’s largest solar installations. There, as many as 7.2 million photovoltaic panels will make up Benban Solar Park—a renewable energy project so massive, it will be visible from space.

The 1.8-gigawatt installation is the first utility-scale PV plant in Egypt, a nation blessed with some of the best solar resources on the planet. The ambitious project is part of Egypt’s efforts to increase its generation capacity and incorporate more renewable sources into the mix. 

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Greg Mably


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