Five companies are competing in a tender by the New Assiut City Development Authority, affiliated to the New Urban Communities, to build a 60KW capacity solar power plant with a total cost EGP 1.2m, reported Daily News Egypt.

A source close to the tender stated that the companies include Evergreen, Arab Organization for Industrialization, Onera, and Egypt Systems. The technical offers were reviewed mid January, and the companies that had met the requirements of presenting the financial offers will be contacted before the end of the month.

Egypt plans link the solar plant to the national electricity grid. The establishment cost of each kilowatt hour from the facility will range between EGP 17,000 and EGP 20,000.

The energy plan for new urban cities is based on three levels. The first level indicates reducing consumption by using LED lamps for lighting and spreading policies and the culture of rationalization in these cities. The second level is concerned with solar energy and promoting photovoltaic cells on the buildings’ roofs, and establishing solar energy plants in neighborhoods and cities. The third Level proposes using photovoltaic cells and LED lamps to operate street lighting poles.