Performance Comparison of Diesel and Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems for Water Pumping in Saudi Arabia

Rehman S., Sahin A. Z.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREEN ENERGY, vol.12, no.7, pp.702-713, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/15435075.2014.884498
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.702-713
  • Keywords: Photovoltaic, Water pumping, Solar energy, Solar radiation, Economics, Diesel, Saudi Arabia, HYBRID ENERGY SYSTEM, RURAL-AREAS, WIND, ELECTRIFICATION
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


Optimum configuration of solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation system has been carried out for achieving a minimum cost of energy (COE) in five different geographic locations in Saudi Arabia, namely, Dhahran, Riyadh, Jeddah, Guriat and Nejran. The ultimate goal in the present study is to investigate and compare the performance of both the diesel and solar PV stand-alone power generating systems for underground water pumping purposes. It is found that the solar PV power generating system not only helps to decrease carbon emission to the atmosphere but also is comparable in the unit COE with the diesel only system in many sites even though the unit price of the diesel fuel is very low.