Kaco plans Saudi manufacturing base

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

A 3.5MW PV array in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia wants 54GW

Germany’s Kaco New Energy has announced plans to establish a manufacturing presence in Saudi Arabia with local partner Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), as PV suppliers scramble to secure connections in a key market of the future where local content will be king.

Kaco, among the world’s top five manufacturers of PV inverters, has signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a customer support and maintenance centre at AEC’s facility in Riyadh – as well as the “potential to set up” an inverter factory nearby.

The announcement comes less than a month after the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A. CARE) – which is in charge of Saudi Arabia’s solar programme – confirmed its intention to heavily incentivise the use of locally made content. Saudi Arabia aims to have 54GW of solar capacity in place by 2032.

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