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Long-term plans As long

Long-term plans As long as the Governorate conducts these first investments, additional capacities could be added where more appropriate as the potential is quite high. However, it is important to also take into account other components to secure the appropriate exploitation of such solar units. One of the constraints could be the electric grid capacity to absorb these additional productions. This why it is difficult at this stage to plan more investment. The cautious approach would be to assess the performance of capacities added in the first and second round before moving forward. Another constraint to consider is that solar plants produce electricity during the daytime when consumption is also required at night. Storing electricity is not a simple operation. Batteries are very expensive and not as efficient as expected. The most efficient products on the market today can reach a cost of 3,000 € for a 1 KWp solar PV, meaning three time the cost of the solar PV itself. However, technologies are evolving fast and a promising solution will be available in the coming years. Hence, it would be interesting to start with a technical study to increase availability of electricity in Al-Shalateen through storage of electricity produced by the plant offering an upgraded capacity of 10 MWp (after the two rounds of investment). Batteries could be an option but only for very limited consumption capacity coverage. 4. Organisation and procedures a. Formal approval The development of Renewable energy plans would require the following entities for issuing permits, approvals and follow up process: - Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MoIIC) to coordinate loans and funding for IFCs, - Ministry of Local Development (MoLD), - Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MoERE) for power plant construction permit, - New and Renewable Energy Authority (NERA) for approval and coordination process, - Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Agency (EgyptERA) approval for constructing the solar PV power plants, - National Center for Planning State Land Uses (NCPSLU) for land permit for the Power plants allocated land, - MoHUD – NUCA (Municipality/ Markaz) for Building construction permit for the building at PV plant, - The Ministry of Environment (MoEnv) to assess and conduct the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) for new projects and expansions or renovations of existing projects in accordance of the Law No. 4/1994 and its amendments, the Law on Protection of the Environment, and its executive regulations, - The EIA Department of the Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) – MoEnv to conduct the screening of ESIAs of the planned project, - Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources (MoIWR) permit for water abstraction license (if the water is taken from the River Nile or/and in case of underground water usage on site, - Operation permit from Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Agency to authorize the operation of electric utilities, b. Staff allocated to prepare, implement, monitor the action ≠ 6 • Governorate of Red Sea, • City of Hurghada, • City Council represented by the Governor, • MoERE, • NREA, • EETC, • Al-Qanal Distribution Company in case of on-grid connection 166

- Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Civil Aviation authority (CAA) for height construction permit, - EETC approval and follow up: execution and purchase generated power - City Council represented by the Governor, - Municipality approval, and - Governorate – Governor’s approval. C. Staff training needs Governorate (Municipality) staff related to the issue of Sustainable Energy will be assigned to receive coaching and training on three subjects: • Strategic Management of Sustainable Energy issues, • Organisational solutions and technical questions related solar PV development, and • Project management. A Strategic Sustainable Energy Unit (SSEU) to be developed and established to oversee the training of staff and all concerned issues and to ensure the implementation of the plan actions of SECAP. d. Role of Partners Stakeholders: - NREA to coordinate the procedures approval with different related authorities in close contact with the Governorate such as: Ministry of Defence, EEAA, MoCV and CAA as well as the National Centre Planning State Land Uses (NCPSLU) and local company involved in the construction of Solar PV plants should be invited to specific to facilitate the action project to follow up the implementation upon funding, and - EETC to check on the installation procedures and implementation and test the power plant output and monitor the purchase process. 5. Summary of related Awareness Raising (AR) to action ≠6 (RE Development) A communication plan needs to be developed to highlight the benefits of a new strategic and comprehensive sustainable energy (Renewable energy and Energy Efficiency) plan to brand the city of Hurghada as a clean and green city including Solar PV power plants in the above mentioned towns in the south region of the Governorate. Also, adequate awareness raising actions will be necessary to help the Governorate promote the value of electricity production through PV and the benefit for both individual producers and for the entire city. Awareness should also focus on the fact that Solar PV development does not mean that electricity will become abundant. On the contrary, such an awareness campaign should highlight that combining electricity conservation and efficiency with PV production will allow these towns to become independent from conventional energy sources for their electricity consumption. The Awareness Raising Programme (ARP), would include meetings, workshops, lectures and workshops for staff and citizens that could encompass several actions: - The creation of a permanent municipal information point, - The organisation of an open house, - The publication of articles in local and regional newspapers, - The distribution of brochures and posters, - The distribution of an information letter that includes current events on sustainability and local success stories: • Information on national energy policies and local implications, • The prevailing energy conditions in the municipality, • The state of progress of the different actions implemented within the framework of the sustainable energy strategy and the SECAP, and • Successful projects in national and foreign municipalities, notably in municipalities that are members of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM). 167

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