Long-term performance analysis of operational efficiency of a grid-connected solar power plant under Mauritania climate

Issa Cheikh Elhassene, Bamba El Heiba, Teyeb Med Mahmoud, Zoubir Aoulmi, Issakha Youm, Abdelkader Mahmoud


This work examines a solar power plant connected to the Nouakchott electricity grid in Mauritania. Operating since 2013, the 15 MWp plant's reliability and energy yield have been evaluated using a performance index. The assessment involves three phases. First, the plant's meteorological environment and technical indicators are presented. In the second phase, mathematical performance models specified by the International Energy Agency (IEA) are applied to calculate performance indices using data from the data acquisition system (SCADA). The third phase compares actual production data for 2015, 2017, and 2020 with results simulated for PVsyst for the same years. The obtained results are thoroughly analyzed to highlight relevant physical phenomena. The analysis focuses on the plant's 7-year operating period and its impact on performance indicators for electricity production fed into the grid. This study provides insights into the solar power plant's reliability and energy yield, aiding future operational enhancements. It underscores the importance of performance monitoring and assessment in optimizing solar power generation systems.


Data acquisition system; Performance ratio; Photovoltaic degradation; Real data; Solar power plant

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11591/eei.v13i3.7092


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