Al Kharsaah, A Pioneering Solar Power Plant in Qatar

Country: Qatar
Type of production: electricity
Power capacity: 800 MWp
Owner and Operator: SPV Siraj 1
Partners: TotalEnergies and Marubeni (40%), Siraj Energy (60%)
Start-up: October 2022

10%
of Qatar's peak electricity demand covered by Al Kharsaah.
Vue d'ensemble de la centrale solaire - Centrale solaire de Khirasara, Gujarat, Inde (panneaux solaires, panneaux photovoltaiques, Adani Green Energy Limited, panneau photovoltaïque, ferme solaire, transition énergétique)

Located 80 km west of Qatar's capital, Doha, the Al Kharsaah Solar PV Independent Power Producer (IPP) project is the country's first large-scale solar power plant and is set to significantly reduce its environmental footprint. Al Kharsaah is owned and operated by SPV Siraj, a consortium formed by TotalEnergies and Marubeni (40%) and Siraj Energy (60%), the latter being a joint venture between QatarEnergy and QEWC (Qatar Electricity & Water Co.).

Qatar boasts the ideal conditions for developing solar energy with its exceptional sunshine and vast unoccupied spaces. This is where the Al Kharsaah solar power plant, developed by TotalEnergies and its partners QatarEnergy and Marubeni, was inaugurated in October 2022.

A landmark solar site for the country

The Al Kharsaah solar power plant covers 1,000 hectares (the equivalent of approximately 1,400 soccer fields) and features two million bifacial solar modules mounted on trackers for achieving substantial power gains.

The use of 3,240 installed string inverters further increases annual yield by allowing for better tracking of the maximum power point at the string level. The plant also features a semi-automated cleaning system for the solar modules that cleans the dust and sand off every single module once every four days.

The Al Kharsaah solar power plant was built in two phases of 400 megawatts-peak (MWp) each, and therefore has a full capacity of 800 MWp. During its first year of operation, it is expected to generate almost two million megawatt-hours (MWh), the equivalent energy consumption of approximately 55,000 Qatari households.

A new chapter for energy in Qatar

The start-up of the Al Kharsaah solar power plant represents a milestone in the country's energy history, since it is set to produce 10% of its peak electricity demand at full capacity. Over its lifespan, it will also enable Qatar to reduce its CO2 emissions by 26 million metric tons.

Portrait of Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of TotalEnergies
Al Kharsaah contributes to the sustainability roadmap of Qatar, demonstrates once again TotalEnergies' ability to support producing countries in their energy transition by combining natural gas production and solar energy to meet the growing demand for electricity. This is another milestone for bringing us closer to our goal of 35 GW of production capacity by 2025.
Patrick Pouyanné Chairman & CEO of TotalEnergies