Market Definition Study performed for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Lewis Research Center on the utility of solar photovoltaic and wind electric technologies for selected Middle Eastern and Asian countries
Design, installation and commissioning of the first solar electric village power system in the Arab World – in Yemen. Client for the system was the Confederation of Yemen Development Associations in Sana’a, and contact was signed with the Near East Development Group, a corporate predecessor of Solar Power Limited. Purpose of this 2KW system was to demonstrate to members of this rural cooperative visiting the central HQ building in Sana’a how solar electricity could be used for specific electric power applications in their villages, e.g. domestic lighting and water pumping
Design, installation and commissioning of the first solar electric village power system in Asia, for the Energy Resources Cell of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources in the Punjab of Pakistan; contact was signed with the Near East Development Group, a corporate predecessor of Solar Power Limited. Purpose of this system was to replace kerosene, which the government too dangerous to use in a household environment and too expensive to buy, with solar electricity. This 5 KW system included streetlights, household lights, power for a village television set and a village water pump. Known locally as the place “where the sun pumps water”, this “proof of concept” village power system was used as a model for replication throughout Pakistan by the UN, the World Bank and other international donors.
In association with Spire Corporation of Bedford, Mass., designed, installed and commissioned in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the first solar electric – photovoltaic - manufacturing and systems installation facility in the Middle East. System projects included installation of PV power units for telecommunications repeater sites and perimeter security systems for government installations.
I n association with Global Photovoltaics, performed a technical and cost study for the refurbishment of a former Soviet solar photovoltaic manufacturing facility in Orlovka, Kyrgyzstan(near Bishkek) and an analysis for the refurbishment of a silicon manufacturing complex at Tushkumar(on the Chinese border) for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“IBRD”)/London
Solar Power Limited inaugurated a 10MW/year capacity photovoltaic module manufacturing, systems assembly and installation facility, key shareholders being Near East Development Group/MinneSolar Corporation and the Joinwell Group of Qormi, Malta.
Key SPL contracts and projects included the supply of modules and designs for remote residential construction in the French Alps, village power systems in Tunisia, Morocco and Indonesia, remote water pumping systems for the Center for Solar Energy Studies/Libya and the Water Well Implementation Authority in Libya and hybrid solar/wind power systems for telecommunications units for offshore drilling rigs of the Turkish National Oil Company in the Bosphorous; in the U.S., SPL designed utility-scale solar electric power systems in the Aramagosa Valley north of Las Vegas, for the Government of Nevada and for the Department of Economic Development/Bismarck, North Dakota, designed a solar electric module manufacturing facility for the town of Carson, North Dakota.
SPL collaborated with GE Wind (formerly Enron Wind) in the design of a hybrid solar/wind utility-scale facility for Enemalta, who operate the national grid and the Malta Resource Authority – to address EU renewable energy requirements. SPL also has collaborated with Libyan development authorities in the deployment of utility-scale solar power systems to promote the economic development of remote desert areas.