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Saudi Arabia SolarDownload PDF
The Middle East is one of the most promising regions in the world for solar power. With ample land and solar resource, growing electricity demand and a need to diversify from oil dependence the potential for solar is huge. There are 2 gigawatts of planned RFP's for the MENA region in 2016 and plans to develop tens of gigawatts in coming years. But the harsh environment presents a unique challenge for solar. Heavy sandstorms and corrosive soils make operating PV plants cost effectively very difficult, and high temperatures only increase the potential impacts of poorly cleaned panels.
N.A. Large Industrial PPADownload PDF
Large commercial industrial facilities such as quaries, aggregate sites, power plants and manufacturing facilities are prime customers for multiple MW solar PPA agreements, but in order to site the solar project next to the facility and use net metering the plant must be cleaned regularly. Alion's SPOT system can clean on demand up to 24 times per year for less than the cost of manually cleaning a quarter of the amount. The resulting performance improvement can increase generation over 5% and increase IRR over 150 bp. For more information contact Alion here.