Stability of Government, Improving Economic Conditions and Reduction in Electricity Subsidy will lead the Growth in Cleantech Energy Segment.
Egypt has setup an ambitious target to generate 20.0% of its energy from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and others by the end of 2022. From 2011-2013 the development of cleantech energy was halted in Egypt due to political instability in the country. Energy output and consumption has continued to grow at remarkable rates for much of the country. Post recovery from political and economic turmoil in country, the cleantech energy segment received a boost with an addition of large wing farm to improve the contribution of renewable energy in the country. First phase of feed-in-tariff was launched with very attractive price slabs to attract foreign investors. Prices declined in the second phase due to low cost of installing solar and wind power plants (Fall in PV module and Wind turbine price). Per unit electricty cost was reduced by 42.6% for electricty generated through small scale solar plant and 41.4% for large scale solar power plant. Similar trends were observed in wind energy pricing where per unit rate was changed to smaller slab system with rates depending on hours of operation of wind turbine.
The country has shown erratic growth pattern which is expected to follow smooth trend in future as market penetration of cleantech energy segment improves. Rooftop solar has gained significant demand for both on grid and off grid connections. Growth in cleantech energy segment has led to growth in the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) market for cleantech energy segment as most of the bigger capacity tenders are based on this method. Even private companies which install large rooftop solar power plants use the EPC services to execute and ease the process of integration.
Egypt has vast area of barren land which is uninhabited making it ideal for generating renewable energy. In August 2016, government plans to increase electricity prices have been finalized as part of its five-year campaign to restructure subsidies for the electricity sector to zero by 2018. Companies developing renewable energy sources in Egypt are getting attractive rates in comparison to global rates and are the key growth driver of cleantech energy in Egypt.
The report titled “Egypt CleanTech Energy Market by Technology (Solar PV, Solar CSP, Wind, Hydropower) and by EPC Market Outlook to 2021” by Ken Research suggested that market for cleantech energy will be driven by wind energy segment. Global manufacturers including Siemens and Vestas will develop the majority of projects. Solar is expected to register very fast growth as many large projects are in pipeline.
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