Monday, August 19, 2013

RAECO’s renewable energy pilots make significant headway

The Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Electricity Holding Company (EHC), has reported significant headway in plans for the development of small-scale renewable energy pilots at Al Mazyonah (Dhofar Governorate) and on Masirah Island. The two projects are among a total of five small-scale pilots shortlisted for implementation at key locations across RAECO’s jurisdiction as part of a renewable energy strategy being spearheaded by the Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman. RAECO’s first pilot will be installed at Al Mazyonah, close to the Sultanate’s border with Yemen. The solar project, based on poly-crystalline technology with thin film PV modules, will boast an electricity generation capacity of 304 kilowatts (KW). The modules will be mounted on ground-placed support structures at a fixed tilt angle of about 20 degrees.
According to RAECO officials, a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) covering the output of the Mazyonah Solar Project has already been drafted. Average annual output from the proposed PV system is estimated at 558 megawatt-hours (MWh), which will be evacuated through the Al Mazyonah system. Next in line for implementation is a 500KW wind-based pilot project at a site on Masirah Island. The project centres on the installation of a pair of wind turbines capable of generating 250 KW of power apiece. The developer concerned has committed to submitting a revised commercial and technical proposal for the project. The largest of RAECO’s renewable energy pilots is proposed to be established at Saih al Khairat in the wilayat of Thamrait in Dhofar Governorate. The wind based scheme will feature a pair of 2.1 megawatt-capacity wind turbines generating 4,200 kilowatts of electricity. A suitable site for the project is currently under discussion among the stakeholders concerned.
Haima, at the centre of Oman’s desert heartland, will play host to a 1,000 kilowatt solar based project. Preliminary approval for the site has already been obtained from the Ministry of Housing, while discussions are ongoing with the developer in question. Discussions are also progressing with an investor behind a solar based pilot planned at Al Mathfa in Dhofar Governorate. The 28 kilowatt-capacity PV based facility, with includes a storage system, is proposed to come on a RAECO-owned site. According to RAECO, the pilot projects will help, among other things, test the performance of solar and wind technologies under local weather and environmental conditions.
Additionally, they will enable RAECO and its staff to gain valuable experience in the operation and maintenance of renewable energy based technologies, as well as assess the scope for reduction of fossil fuel use and related emissions. Furthermore, the ventures will help RAECO master the means of integrating renewable energy technologies with conventional diesel technology without compromising security of supply. RAECO views these small schemes as the way forward in electrifying small and remote villages with solar and wind based resources. Longer-term, these ventures will provide the basis for the successful development of large-scale renewable energy projects, officials add.
RAECO’s renewable energy pilots make significant headway
Sunday 18th, August 2013 / 19:00 Written by Oman Observer
in Business, Main Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on pinterest_shareMore Sharing Services0By Conrad Prabhu — MUSCAT — The Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Electricity Holding Company (EHC), has reported significant headway in plans for the development of small-scale renewable energy pilots at Al Mazyonah (Dhofar Governorate) and on Masirah Island. The two projects are among a total of five small-scale pilots shortlisted for implementation at key locations across RAECO’s jurisdiction as part of a renewable energy strategy being spearheaded by the Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman. RAECO’s first pilot will be installed at Al Mazyonah, close to the Sultanate’s border with Yemen. The solar project, based on poly-crystalline technology with thin film PV modules, will boast an electricity generation capacity of 304 kilowatts (KW). The modules will be mounted on ground-placed support structures at a fixed tilt angle of about 20 degrees.
According to RAECO officials, a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) covering the output of the Mazyonah Solar Project has already been drafted. Average annual output from the proposed PV system is estimated at 558 megawatt-hours (MWh), which will be evacuated through the Al Mazyonah system. Next in line for implementation is a 500KW wind-based pilot project at a site on Masirah Island. The project centres on the installation of a pair of wind turbines capable of generating 250 KW of power apiece. The developer concerned has committed to submitting a revised commercial and technical proposal for the project. The largest of RAECO’s renewable energy pilots is proposed to be established at Saih al Khairat in the wilayat of Thamrait in Dhofar Governorate. The wind based scheme will feature a pair of 2.1 megawatt-capacity wind turbines generating 4,200 kilowatts of electricity. A suitable site for the project is currently under discussion among the stakeholders concerned.
Haima, at the centre of Oman’s desert heartland, will play host to a 1,000 kilowatt solar based project. Preliminary approval for the site has already been obtained from the Ministry of Housing, while discussions are ongoing with the developer in question. Discussions are also progressing with an investor behind a solar based pilot planned at Al Mathfa in Dhofar Governorate. The 28 kilowatt-capacity PV based facility, with includes a storage system, is proposed to come on a RAECO-owned site. According to RAECO, the pilot projects will help, among other things, test the performance of solar and wind technologies under local weather and environmental conditions.
Additionally, they will enable RAECO and its staff to gain valuable experience in the operation and maintenance of renewable energy based technologies, as well as assess the scope for reduction of fossil fuel use and related emissions. Furthermore, the ventures will help RAECO master the means of integrating renewable energy technologies with conventional diesel technology without compromising security of supply. RAECO views these small schemes as the way forward in electrifying small and remote villages with solar and wind based resources. Longer-term, these ventures will provide the basis for the successful development of large-scale renewable energy projects, officials add.