Phoenix finishes 3.5MW Saudi array

A 3.5MW PV array in Saudi Arabia developed by Phoenix Solar.

The 3.5MW PV array in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, developed by Phoenix Solar using Suntech modules.

Germany’s Phoenix Solar has completed the largest ground-mounted PV system in Saudi Arabia using Suntech panels, as integrators and suppliers angle for position ahead the kingdom’s introductory solar-energy tender.

Frankfurt-listed Phoenix spent 20 months installing nearly 13,000 modules and SMA central inverters on the grounds of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPARC), under construction in the capital city of Riyadh.

With a nameplate capacity of 3.5MW, the system covers 55,000 sq m and will feed an estimated 5,800MWh of electricity per year into KAPARC’s medium-voltage grid.

Acknowledging the relative paucity of industry experience building PV systems in desert regions, Phoenix says it placed the PV array boxes in air-conditioned inverter building with an eye towards improving system performance and Log in to read complete article.

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