Kuwait aims to award power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 1.1GW of new solar PV projects before the end of the year. Speaking to MEES on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Special Meeting in Riyadh, outgoing Minister of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Salem al-Hajraf, says that qualified firms are expected to be announced in around one month’s time.

In total, around twenty firms and consortia requested qualification for the project says Mr Hajraf. The 1.1GW capacity will be installed at Kuwait’s existing Shagaya Renewable Energy complex which has pilot facilities with a combined capacity of 70MW (50MW CSP, 10MW PV, 10MW wind). (CONTINUED - 850 WORDS)