ENERGY STORAGE

Larsen & Toubro and Sungrow partner on Saudi Arabian solar-storage deal

May 22, 2024

PV inverter and energy storage system provider Sungrow has formed a strategic partnership with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to supply 165MW of PV inverters and 160MW/760MWh of energy storage systems for AMAALA, a tourist destination in Saudi Arabia.

“This collaboration aligns with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, marking a pivotal moment in sustainable energy development,” a statement said.

This project is developed and led by French utility company EDF Group and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), for the client Red Sea Global.

Upon completion in 2027, the AMAALA destination will stand as the world’s second largest off-grid energy storage project, according to Sungrow. The project is projected to generate an annual capacity of 410 million kilowatt hours, sufficient to slash carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 500,000 tonnes, Sungrow said.

When fully operational, AMAALA will generate over 50,000 jobs and contribute more than 11 billion riyals ($2.93 billion) to Saudi Arabia’s GDP.

Spanning 4,155 square kilometres along the Red Sea coast, AMAALA will feature 29 hotels, 3,900 rooms, 1,200 luxury villas, apartments, and estate homes, complemented by upscale retail, dining, and leisure facilities.

The project is projected to generate an annual capacity of 410 million kilowatt hours, sufficient to slash carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 500,000 tons.

T. Madhava Das, whole-time director & senior executive vice president (utilities) at L&T, said: “Following our successful collaboration on the Neom New City project, we are excited to partner with Sungrow once again for the AMAALA destination. With Sungrow’s cutting-edge energy storage solutions and the ground-breaking 10MW demonstration platform, we anticipate delivering exceptional quality and timely execution, ensuring 100 per cent sustainable water usage within the destination. This partnership represents a significant stride towards net-zero emissions, marking a milestone in reducing fossil fuel dependency for both China and Saudi Arabia.”