Solar PV Cell & Module Manufacturing Plant and PV Reliability Laboratory

In 2010, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) established the Solar PV Cell & Module Manufacturing Plant and PV Reliability Laboratory to produce solar panels and cells. The project aims to transfer solar energy technologies and develop commercial-grade equipment suitable for severe heat and sandstorms.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, inaugurated the second phase of the project during his visit to KACST in November 2018.

 

The project demonstrates a real-world industrial application of solar research and development conducted at the national research laboratories based at KACST. The work conducted forms part of efforts to achieve Vision 2030 objectives by raising the Kingdom’s Global Competitiveness Index to be among the top 10 countries globally.

 

KACST has also established the first internationally accredited laboratory to examine the efficiency and reliability of solar panels and develop standards that suit the Kingdom's environment.

Project Objectives

Sub Projects

PROJECT01

Solar PV Module Manufacturing plant with an annual production capacity of 100 MW

PROJECT02

Solar PV Cell Manufacturing plant with an annual production capacity of 100 MW

PROJECT03

Internationally accredited solar panel reliability testing laboratory authorized to issue IEC certifications

PROJECT04

Use solar energy for water pumping

PROJECT05

Use solar energy to power schools

Solar PV Cell & Module Manufacturing Plant and PV Reliability Laboratory in Numbers