Layla: First Solar Project of its Kind in Saudi Arabia
TAQNIA ENERGY announced the completion of work in the first phase of the Layla Solar Power Plant, extending across 720,000 square meters with a production capacity of 10 megawatts.
It is the first independent energy production station that operates on solar energy and is directly linked to the electric grid. The project can cover 10 percent of the province needs in Al-Aflaj, 300 kilometers south of Riyadh.
Waleed al-Helayel, Head of the Layla Project, expressed delight that the first phase has been finalized.
“The completion of works in such a project is a source of pride to us all, especially that it coincides with Saudi Arabia witnessing a prominent international presence in all fields,” he stated.
Helayel continued that the Kingdom has always been active and clear in its quest to diversify energy sources and support renewable energy through exploiting local resources.
The project will provide Aflaj with its total production capacity, promises to cut down CO2 emitted from traditional sources of energy and therefore increase opportunities to protect the environment.
The Layla project is the result of joint efforts and a deal between TAQNIA ENERGY - a subsidiary of the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (Taqnia)- and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, and the Saudi Electricity Company.