Noor Palestine Solar Program
Massader is developing 16.5 MW medium-scale Solar PV Parks in 3 different locations in Palestine, including Jericho plant (7.5 Megawatt MW), Kufr Dan plant in Jenin (5 MW), and Rammun plant in Ramallah (4 MW). The three solar parks are developed using the net metering scheme under the renewable energy law of Palestine.
Massader is developing these PV plants for the benefit of local electricity customers who will use the produced power from the PV plant to offset their electricity consumption through “Net-Metering”. For optimization purposes and to enjoy the advantages of economy of scales, each PV plant is developed for a number of customers from different sectors pooled together where each customer owns a part of the plant capacity according to its individual consumption needs. As such, the electricity produced from the PV plant will be shared among those customers after deducting the wheeling charges to the distribution company in accordance with the applicable regulations. This model is designed to achieve economies of scale where the cost of capacity installed will be lower than the case of rooftop PV systems constructed for each individual consumer. Additionally, this enables the development of the PV plant far from the consumer premises and hence overcoming the challenge of limited land or rooftop availability in commercial areas in Palestine.
Massader will develop and commission the plants though qualified EPC contractors, and then handover grid-connected plants to customers. Each of the customers will own a share of the plant and its power output covering the customers electricity consumption under the net metering scheme, and in essence turning each electricity customer to a local producer of electricity to cover his own consumption. Massader’s solar parks program gives the SME and public sectors a reliable, independent form of clean and renewable power generation. The program’s sustainable business model serves as a shining example for future solar investments in Palestine.
To develop the solar power plants, Massader will mobilize financing through a local bank, and will arrange for all required interconnection and wheeling agreements with DISCOs. Massader has already completed the development of the Jericho solar PV plant pursuant to this model and in the process of completing the Kufr Dan PV plant under the same model.