Last month, Jinko solar and EDF won the bid for construction of the world’s largest single-site solar project in Abu Dhabi. Among the 5 bidders, the winning bid from Jinko/EDF consortium was at 1.35 US cents/kWh. At present, the state owned AD Power (Abu Dhabi power corporation) is in the process of negotiation for power purchase agreement with EDF and Jinko. The consortium keeps 40% ownership of the project, while the state holds onto the majority.
Once online, this Al Dhafra project is expected to be the largest single-site solar power plant in the world. Estimates place the capacity of the project to be 2 GW, able to power nearly 160,000 households in UAE. The existing largest solar farm (1.2 GW) in Noor, UAE was also developed by Jinko Solar and EDF along with Marubeni. As a module supplier, Jinko can bid at highly competitive pricing due to their innovations in cell power efficiencies and modules capacities. AD Power expects to meet 50% of their power consumption from renewables by 2030. Hence, the ambitious large-scale solar power projects in the region. Traditionally a petro giant, Middle eastern countries are transitioning to solar power due to cheap land costs, high solar irradiation, energy and water security, and oil conservation for offshore sales. With solar giants like Longi and Hanergy planning for manufacturing centers in the region, the price per watt for solar modules will soon lower more.
Recently, Jinko also launched the Tiger pro module with max power output of 580W at 21.6% efficiency. Coming in monofacial and bifacial variants, they also feature state-of-art tiling ribbon tech (TRT) to minimize inter-cell gaps. This would be one of the highest energy density solar modules once its mass production ramps up in late 2020. High performance modules like the Tiger pro series are aimed at large-scale and solar farm projects like the ones in the pipeline in Middle East.