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September 8, 2021

Arctech to supply trackers for Al Dhafra solar plant in UAE

Once completed, the Al Dhafra PV2 plant will be the largest of its kind in the Middle East.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

China-based solar power company Arctech has signed an agreement to supply 2.1GW trackers for the Al Dhafra PV2 photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The 2GW plant is currently in development and is owned by China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC).

Arctech will supply its SkySmart II, an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) certified, multi-point parallel drive tracking system, for the plant.

The company said that its product has been designed to withstand severe environmental conditions and reduce the cost of each KWh generated by the project.

CMEC Fourth Complete Plants Division general manager Yan Weihua said: “We are delighted to work with Arctech again for another benchmark project under the Belt and Road Initiative.

“In the future, we will further deepen the comprehensive cooperation with Arctech, especially in solar energy, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and other new energy projects, for resources sharing and advantages complement, improving the global competitiveness ultimately.”

Once completed, the Al Dhafra PV2 PV power plant will be the largest of its kind in the Middle East.

It will have the capacity to supply clean energy to 160,000 local families while offsetting more than 3.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

Arctech and CMEC have also signed a framework agreement to ‘strengthen their cooperation in global markets’ based on mutual benefits and win-win principles.

Arctech Global Business president Guy Rong said: “As the largest PV project in the Middle East, the equipment selection of [the] Al Dhafra PV2 plant has attracted worldwide attention.

“To win this project, Arctech invested thousands of hours of engineer resources from offices in China, the UAE and Spain, analysed dozens of tracking system configurations and submitted more than 30,000 pages of technical documents.”

Last December, Arctech Solar supplied its SkyLine advanced 1P tracker for a 3.2GW solar park in China.

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