Sakaka Solar Park Featuring Nextracker Smart Solar Trackers Kickstarts Ambitious Saudi Solar Plan
The 405 MW-DC Sakaka Solar Park is the first utility-scale solar project built in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The 405 MW-DC Sakaka Solar Park is the first utility-scale solar project built in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The plant is also the first project in what will be a massive renewable energy rollout over the next decade in the Kingdom, as part of a national program to deploy clean energy assets totaling 9.5 GW by 2023 and 58.7 GW by 2030.
Nextracker was selected by developer ACWA Power and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Mahindra Sustain to be the solar tracker supplier for Sakaka, based on our track record for on-time delivery, innovative technology, establishing local manufacturing, and experience with other projects in the region.
As the first large-scale solar project in Saudi Arabia, there were major challenges in supply chain materials sourcing, labor force and training, and site conditions. Nextracker worked closely with the developer and EPC teams to provide project management, foundation design changes, construction best practices, and expedited commissioning.
Nextracker demonstrated its ability to deliver its bankable solar trackers to a challenging large-scale project in an emerging region—the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. As part of the project, Nextracker also invested in local steel manufacturing capacity that now is part of its global supply chain network as well as supporting clean energy workforce development.
To learn more about how Nextracker and its partners helped make Sakaka a success and lay the foundation for solar industry infrastructure in the region, please fill out the accompanying form to receive a download of the case study.
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