Saudi Arabia’s 300 MW Sakaka solar plant comes online

The PV facility was completed a month and a half ahead of schedule by Saudi energy company ACWA Power. The project will sell power at $0.0236/kWh.

Saudi energy group ACWA has announced the completion of the 300 MW Sakaka solar project.

The plant, Saudi Arabia’s second operational solar park, was grid connected a month and a half ahead of schedule and has begun a commercial operation pilot phase, ACWA announced in a press release.

“The solar project has established a 100% local employment rate within the first year of operation, with 90% of the workforce comprised by the youth of [the] Al Jouf region,” said the Saudi power company. “Additionally, Sakaka PV IPP

[independent power producer]

registered over 30% of contractual local content during the construction and development phases.”

The project was tendered by the kingdom’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) in February 2017 alongside 400 MW of wind power capacity.