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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 178175, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/178175
Research Article

Performance of Grid-Connected Photovoltaic System in Two Sites in Kuwait

1Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Safat 13109, Kuwait
2Department of Electrical, Electronic & System Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600, Malaysia
3Solar Energy Research Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600, Malaysia

Received 13 September 2012; Revised 14 October 2012; Accepted 15 October 2012

Academic Editor: Tapas Mallick

Copyright © 2012 Ali Hajiah et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper presents an assessment of the electricity generated by photovoltaic (PV) grid-connected systems in Kuwait. Three years of meteorological data are provided for two main sites in Kuwait, namely, Al-Wafra and Mutla. These data and a PV grid-connected system mathematical model are used to assist a 100 kWp grid-connected PV system proposed for both sites. The proposed systems show high energy productivity whereas the annual capacity factors for Mutla and Al-Wafra are 22.25% and 21.6%, respectively. Meanwhile the annual yield factors for Mutla and Al-Wafra are 1861 kWh/kWp/year and 1922.7 kWh/kWp/year, respectively. On the other hand the cost of the energy generated by both systems is about 0.1 USD/kWh which is very close to the price of the energy sold by the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW). Furthermore the invested money is recovered during the assumed life cycle time whereas the payback period for both sites is about 15 years. This work contains worthwhile technical information for those who are interested in PV technology investment in Kuwait.