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TECHNO-ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY OF A HYBRID SOLAR PV AND WIND POWER SYSTEM FOR YANBU, SAUDI ARABIA

Pages 59-69

Hazim Moria, Md. Abdullah Hil Baky, Md. Mustafizur Rahman, A.K.M. Sadrul Islam

Abstract

Energy from renewable sources is being increasingly exploited for meeting the power demands and reducing the harmful impact of burning the fossil fuels on the environment. Solar photovoltaic and wind turbine are being incorporated with the conventional diesel generator to reduce the fuel consumption. Saudi Arabia, being a country with high intensity of solar radiation, has good potential of using solar PV system. In this study, a solar wind hybrid system is modeled using HOMER to find an optimum system to meet the load requirement of a community at Yanbu city. The primary load of the community of 500 people is 556 kWh/day with 68 kW peak. The analysis showed that 200 kW PV system is the most economically feasible to meet the proposed demand and the minimum cost of energy for this system is 0.617 $/kWh. Sensitivity analysis was carried out by varying average wind speed and solar radiation and is presented in this study.

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