CAIRO | Apr. 05, 2015 — A trend to adopt solar energy systems has been announced by the Egyptian government, which previously revealed plans to illuminate roads and some tourist cities using renewable energy.

Egypt is facing a lack of fuel, causing energy shortages that escalate during summer months; the government is often required to cut power at some areas to reduce pressure on the overloaded grid.

Some solar photovoltaic (PV) panels were installed at the roof of the ministries’ and governmental installations; the rest will be finalized before summer, a source at the Ministry of Electricity told Youm7 Sunday.

The energy availability crisis and the management of consumer’s demands are part of Egypt’s development agenda, according to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who announced the government’s plans to generate 20 percent of Egypt’s energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Last September, the government announced the “feed-in” tariff for electricity generated by renewable energy sources.

Sisi also noted that Egypt aims to build power plants that generate 4,300 megawatts from solar and wind energy within the next three years, during the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi in January.

In March, the government announced the inauguration of the first solar power plant in Siwa Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt, as part of the aid projects granted by the United Arab Emirates to provide electricity to some 243 villages and cities in Egypt.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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