ACWA Power has announced the successful full operational capacity of the Sudair solar power plant in Saudi Arabia, with a total capacity of 1.5 GW. The company received the commercial operation certificate for Group 3 of the project, representing the final 25% of its overall capacity, from the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) on Wednesday.
The Sudair solar power plant's first half was inaugurated in September 2023, and with the recent milestone, the entire project has now achieved commercial operation. ACWA Power and Water and Electricity Holding Company (Badeel) each hold a 35% stake in the project, while the remaining 30% is owned by the Saudi Aramco Power Company (SAPCO).
Under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company, the electricity generated at Sudair will be sold at a rate of USD 0.012 per kWh.
The USD 924 million (EUR 845 million) Sudair project incorporates bi-facial panels equipped with tracking technology and automated robotic cleaning, showcasing advanced technologies in the solar energy sector, as per information available on ACWA Power's website.