Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Economic perspective of PV electricity in Oman

Publication year: 2010brbSource:/b Energy, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 3 December 2010brA.H., Al-Badi , M.H., Albadi , A.M., Al-Lawati , A.S., MalikbrSolar and wind energies are likely to play an important role in the future energy generation in Oman. This paper utilizes average daily global solar radiation and sunshine duration data of 25 locations in Oman to study the economic prospects of solar energy. The study considers a solar PV power plant of 5-MW at each of the 25 locations. The global solar radiation varies between slightly greater than 4kWh/m2/day at Sur to about 6kWh/m2/day at Marmul while the average value in the 25 locations is more than 5kWh/m2/day. The results show that the renewable energy produced each year from the…br Research highlights: ► The global solar radiation values for 25 locations in Oman are obtained using satellite data that are corrected by data from ground stations. ► The study considers a solar PV power plant of 5-MW to calculate the capacity factor (CF) and the cost of energy (COE) at each of the 25 locations. ► The study has found that the CF of PV plant varies between 20% and 14% and the corresponding COE varies between 210 US$/MWh and 304 US$/MWh for the best location to the least attractive location, respectively. ► The study has found that the PV energy at the best location is competitive with diesel generation without including the externality costs of diesel. ► Since PV energy is not competitive with fossil fuel-based generation in most locations renewable energy support mechanisms have been reviewed.

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