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Experimental performance characterization and economic efficiency of 16.28 kWp grid-tied PV systems in semi-arid climate
 
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1 Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy in Arid and Saharan Zones – LENREZA, Kasdi Merbah University, Ouargla 2 Unité de Recherche Appliquée en Energies Renouvelables, URAER, Centre de Développement des Energies Renouvelables, CDER, 47133, Ghardaïa, Alegria.
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Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy in Arid and Saharan Zones – LENREZA, Kasdi Merbah University, Ouargla
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Unité de Recherche Appliquée en Energies Renouvelables, URAER, Centre de Développement des Energies Renouvelables, CDER, 47133, Ghardaïa, Alegria.
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Messaouda Benbitour Khennane   

1 Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy in Arid and Saharan Zones – LENREZA, Kasdi Merbah University, Ouargla 2 Unité de Recherche Appliquée en Energies Renouvelables, URAER, Centre de Développement des Energies Renouvelables, CDER, 47133, Ghardaïa, Alegria.
Submission date: 2020-11-25
Final revision date: 2021-03-01
Acceptance date: 2021-04-20
Online publication date: 2021-04-22
 
 
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ABSTRACT
The study of the paper aims to present a solar power plant performances and economic benefits of 16.28 kWp grid-tied solar PV systems under the real outdoor conditions in semi-arid area of the Algeria desert. The main goal of this study is to investigate the effectiveness, suitability, feasibility and reliably of these plants on the level of desert areas and under the influence of harsh conditions (desert environment) in the first part. In the second part, the contribution of solar PV plant to conventional networks in the arid and semi-arid environment to assess the rate of integration. Based on experimental measurement data, the paper also shows economic benefits of three photovoltaic plants. It was found that from the first January to last August 2019, the total produced energy by all PV arrays was 171.422 MWh which supplied to the internal grid and while, the consumed energy by the URAER unit was 159,094 kWh. Approximately 10, 95 % of the 159,094 MWh energy consumed in the whole year is provided from the generated PV solar energy that is 17,422 MWh.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
I am grateful to the Applied Research Unit on Renewable Energy, URAER, Ghardaia, affiliated to the Renewable Energy Development Center (CDER), Algeria where this work was carried out.
FUNDING
This research is conducted under the financial support of the Directorate General for Scientific Research and Technological Development - Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
 
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