The fist solar power station in Luxor is up and running

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The fist solar power station in Luxor is up and running

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Tarek Saad El Din, governor of Luxor, said that there are several projects will be executed in the near future in Luxor including "Green City" project.
This project include 3 solar power stations, each to produce 80 K. Watt. One station at Luxor's public library, the second will be at the conference centre and the third is at the governorate's headquarters.

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The governor announced that the first solar power electricity station is already working and providing the governorate building with 80 k.Watt every 10 hours.

The solar power panels installed on the top on the governorate building cost 3 million pounds and provide electricity to all needs of the building to guarantee no power cuts and an alternative to diesel-run electricity stations.
Also the light posts on the corniche road are run by solar panels.

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F**me It must be that de-ja-vu time of the month again, or did I just say that ? where am I ? what month is it ? ... :cool:
Ps: I hate all that time traveling sh**, one never know where one's toothbrush is...
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So, 3 solar stations for 3 government buildings. Scarce taxpayer resources to be used to meet the 'needs' of their servants, that is something new. Over $400,000 used on the governate building alone. Did they first try out energy saying options: turning the AC down, turning out lights, energy saving globes etc. As with a lot of things in Egypt the big announcement of something shiny and new is the way to go - practical, dull, cheap and methodical projects don't get launched by governors.

No mention of next steps maybe there aren't any.

Why 3 stations wouldn't it be cheaper for 1.

What happens on non-working days, do they have a feed in system to share the power around or is it all for the public servants whether they need it or not?

Solar power has been talked about in Egypt for so long that it almost seems like an antique relic from the past.

The huge proposed Kom Ombo solar plant has been launched several times (which is a new take on recycling), bids have been called twice since 2010 but the World Bank, which was to pay for 30%, lists it as an inactive project. The biggest to date is at Kuraymat but solar's share of total production is close to negligible and will stay that way until private investors are allowed to build new ones.

The money might have been better used in offering a partial subsidy to the total cost of solar instillation for commercial or domestic establishments combined with attractive feed in rates which make it a commercial proposition for the better off. That is what most countries do.

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160KW in total that will run another 18 1.5HP Air conditioners, or one quarter of the lights that light up the the Thebean Peaks every night. but at least a good start. Keep it up "You Know It Makes Sense"

Normally any excess electricity is fed back into the grid for other uses, in Europe, but not too sure what they do here.

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Chocolate Eclair wrote: one quarter of the lights that light up the the Thebean Peaks every night.
trouble is solar panels don't work very well at night :D
unless they add batteries
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Sorry maths not my greatest thing 3 x 80KW is equal to 240KW or approx. 28 x 1.5HP Air Conditioners or just over 33% of the electric needed to light up the Thebean Peaks, sorry about that.

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"the devil's in the detail!.... :cool:
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I know nothing about electricity, killowats or anything like that but correct me if I am wrong it does seem a tad expensive ( 3 million) to install three buildings with solar panels. And what about maintenance. Do solar panels need maintaining?

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Who2 wrote:F**me ... I hate all that time traveling sh**, one never know where one's toothbrush is...
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Maintenance is mainly purging the water system, cleaning the panels and battery checking where required, so fairly low maintenance, purging the water system can be every 5 years if a anti furring additive is used. they are in general a good clean efficient system, but its the fact you need a large capture area for a small amount in return, that is why you always see so many panels.

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Chocolate Eclair - the photo of the panels looks like they are photo-voltaic which means that they generate electricity rather than heat water.

There are between 1 and 2 million panels on residential houses in Australia which, I think, means that they need little maintenance otherwise we are in for some expensive, unpublicized and unanticipated payments to specialist tradesmen.

To continue my earlier point about self serving expenditure, municipalities can do a deal on behalf of householders and companies for little money. For example they can use their buying power to negotiate via competitive tendering (on behalf of citizens/householders/companies) a master contract with both suppliers of panels and installers. The principle here is that you will get a much better price for 10,000 than for 1. The locals then buy on the master contract. After the competitive tendering the government stays away which must be a good thing in terms of red tape and corruption. This competitive tendering and mass purchasing power is used by Bill Gates for everything from AIDS retrovirals to mosquito nets.

Pay in tariffs for surplus energy is a level of complexity probably for later although.

Keefy's point about batteries sounds good until you price them. One of the problems of the industry remains their high cost and volume.

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