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Kuwait launches tender for a 1.1 GW solar PV project in Al-Shaqaya

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) has launched a tender to build a 1.1 GW solar project in Al-Shaqaya, Al-Jahra Governorate, near Kuwait City. The Solar PV power plant will sell electricity to the country's Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy under a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Project developers will have to hold at least a 15% stake in the submitted projects and completion must be finalized within seven years from the conclusion of the tender. The project is part of the Shagaya Renewable Energy Park, which consists of several renewable energy power plants, including wind, PV, concentrated solar power (CSP), and battery storage.

As of 2022, solar represented less than 1% of Kuwait’s installed capacity and power generation with 93 MW and 133 GWh respectively. The country currently has nearly 1.5 GW of solar capacity under development.