The commissioning of the final projects at the Benban solar park in Upper Egypt at the end of October means that nearly 1.5GW of solar PV generation capacity is now being supplied to the grid from the largest solar complex in Africa. In fact the additional capacity brought online by Benban will be marginal at best in an already oversupplied power system where installed capacity – on paper at least – is just shy of 60GW, close to double the 2018 peak load of just under 31MW. The scheme is actually contributing more in other ways.