Austrian firms build world’s largest solar plant in Saudi Arabia

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The construction project is worth more than $11.5 billion and is considered to be the premier solar project in the Middle East. Photo -

Two Austrian companies have announced they have built the world’s largest solar power plant which will power an educational campus in Saudi capital Riyadh.

The GREENoneTEC company, said it manufactured solar panels worth 3.6 million euros ($4.3 million) which cover a total area of 36,000 square metres. The company’s CEO, Robert Kanduth, told at a press conference that the panels follow a state-of-the-art system that resists sandstorms and other extreme weather elements.

Werner Weiss, the managing director of the AEE Intec research institute, along with Kanduth said the installations took place over the last six months.

The solar panel complex is reported to be twice the size of world’s previous largest plant which is located in Denmark. The Austrian company said the project will provide energy to Princess Nura bint Abdulrahman Campus in Riyadh, which houses about 40,000 students and teachers.

GREENoneTEC, based in Sankt-Veit in southern Austria, is negotiating with a copper mining group in the Atacama Desert in Chile, to construct a solar plant said to be bigger than the one in Riyadh.

AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) – was founded in 1988 and is one of the leading institutes for applied research in the fields of solar thermal energy, low-energy and zero energy buildings. It is based in Gleisdorf, Austria.

GREENoneTEC manufacturers high-quality solar thermal collectors and related mounting systems and serves more than 40 countries worldwide. The company has a European market share of around 25%.

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