The Renewable Energy Authority of Libya (REAoL) announced Sunday that on 15 February the German GTG Holding consortium and German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy started the Tawergha solar project. REAoL say the project will be implemented this year.
The pilot project aims to generate electricity from a solar panel farm with an installed capacity of one megawatt peak in the Tawergha region.
A site visit was conducted on behalf of the German GTG consortium, Libya Branch, by Ahmed Okasha, and by Hakan Palm for the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
Speaking to the Libya Herald, the Director of the Projects Department at REAoL, Mukhtar Mohamed Shaglouf, said that this project will be launched in the coming months, which will be the first of its kind in terms of installed capacity. He said it is a model station for studies and research that will provide an opportunity for engineers, researchers and students to conduct research and tests, especially regarding studies of the effect of connecting such type of stations on the public electricity network.
Shaglouf noted that the implementation of this project is a first step to training Libyan engineers and technicians to deal with these technologies and to test them in local conditions before starting the implementation of the projects that were contracted to be implemented during the last period.
Stressing that this model station for generating electricity from solar energy will be connected to the public electricity network with an installed capacity of one megawatt peak. He stressed that studies confirm that Libya is considered one of the brightest regions in the world, and the establishment of solar panel farms in it is economically feasible for Libya, even in terms of exporting surplus energy to Europe.
This, he added, was indicated by a lot of specialized scientific research published in the international scientific fields, which highlighted the importance of establishing solar power plants, especially in the Libyan desert.
Shaglouf pointed out that the works of the first initial stage related to the civil works of the site, including (transportation, road conditions, topography of the site, geographical gradations, soil condition, vegetation cover, and climatic weather condition) were examined.
It is noteworthy that in May 2022, an agreement was signed between the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), in cooperation with the REAoL, and the Total Energies Company, to establish a solar power plant with a capacity of 500 megawatts in Al-Sadada area.
At the time, the proposed project was described as the first and most technologically advanced station in Libya. It will generate 152 terawatt / hour annually by employing the latest technological applications in the field of solar energy. It will use 1.2 million solar panels and will be followed by a series of projects for solar energy and wind energy distributed in all regions of Libya.