DuPont has entered into a marketing cooperation agreement with Desert Technologies, a solar panel manufacturer, project developer and EPC contractor based in Saudi Arabia.
The partnership is aimed at supporting the growth and expansion of photovoltaic systems in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).
Desert Technologies will evaluate and use DuPont Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride-based backsheets in solar panels and projects and also undertake evaluations of PV cells that are manufactured with DuPont Solamet metallization pastes.
Both companies will also undertake certain technical collaborations and efforts to help facilitate the adoption and growth of reliable solar panels and systems in the region that can best withstand the often harsh environment.
“Saudi Arabia’s commitment to renewable energy is demonstrated by the ambitious King Salaman Renewable Energy Initiative for 9.5 GW of installed capacity by 2023. Furthermore, the gradual phasing out of electricity price subsidies over the next four years is opening the commercial and industrial sectors as a grid parity market for solar energy,” said Nour Mousa, founder & CEO, Desert Technologies.
According to Mousa, anticipated mono crystalline solar panel production at the new Desert Technologies plant in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is expected by the end of the year, ramping up capacity to 120 MW.