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KISR says planned Kuwait solar power plant to cost US$ 1.5 billion
October 16, 2018, 5:32 pm

 The estimated total cost of Kuwait's Dibdibah solar power plant is USD 1.5 billion, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) said on Tuesday. A single photovoltaic unit produces 630,000 megawatts per year, which is roughly equivalent to the energy consumption of 8,070 households, KISR research assistant Mohammad Al-Khayat said during a seminar organized by Kuwait's oil ministry.

He said that the solar power station is one of Kuwait National Petroleum Company's marquee projects, revealing that the first phase of the project combines wind, thermal concentration and photovoltaic powers. KISR and the ministry of electricity and water are collectively devising a plan over what types of technology are most appropriate for the Dibdibah power plant, the research assistant explained. The mega solar power plant, which the Kuwaiti government hopes will help slash carbon monoxide emissions in the country by around 1.3 million tonnes, is located 100 kilometers west of Kuwait City. It is also part of the Gulf state's plans to lessen its dependency on oil for power generation, ensuring 15 percent of its domestic needs come from renewables by 2030. 

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