MENA Solar Brief
MENA Solar Brief

Petra Solar completes solar project in Bahrain

Petra Solar, along with its partner Caspian Renewable Energy, Inc., has successfully completed the installation of the largest Smart Solar power plant in the Middle East. The five-megawatt (MW) project will be owned by BAPCO (Bahrain Petroleum Company), a wholly owned subsidiary of NOGA (National Oil and Gas Authority) and will deliver in excess of 8,000MWh of clean renewable energy. Read the full story at...

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North Africa: Egyptian government to invest $1 billion in solar energy projects

The Egyptian government has revealed its plan to invest $1 billion in solar energy projects. During a conference organised by the Chambers of Commerce in Alexandria last month, the Local and Administrative Development Minister Adel Labib revealed the $1 billion investment plan, stating that the solar projects would help create job opportunities for young people in the country, as well as reduce stress on the country’s electricity grid. The...

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GCC countries: Rising stars in solar and wind

The Gulf region is not only home to some of the world’s leaders in oil and gas production, it is also a powerhouse of renewable energy potential. Many of the GCC member countries are perhaps best known for their immense oil and gas reserves, however, they also offer excellent solar resources, and in many cases strong wind resources. The GCC, however, is not a homogenous market and features some very key differences that influence the...

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India and Gulf states reach solar support deal

Solar associations in the Gulf and India have struck a deal that will see the two regions offer mutual support to their PV industries through the sharing of expertise and resources. The Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA), the Solar Gulf Cooperation Council Alliance (SGCC) and the National Solar Energy Federation India (NSEFI) agreed earlier this month to collaborate on solar energy initiatives. SGCC and SASIA are seeking...

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Players from Gulf nations plan to invest in Indian solar sector

Plan to form joint ventures with Indian manufacturers based on their engineering capabilities The solar manufacturing sector in India is all set to get a boost players from Gulf countries are contemplating to invest in the country both in terms of finance and technology. They plan to form joint ventures with Indian manufacturers based on their engineering capabilities. The seeds of this collaboration were sown during a recent meeting of members...

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Solar trade bodies form alliance

AHMEDABAD, APRIL 11: The apex trade body for solar energy in the country, National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), has announced an alliance with the Solar GCC Alliance (www.solargcc.com) and the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (www.saudi–sia.com) for collaborative partnership for technical and commercial promotion of member industries. The meeting was held between the officials of Saudi Arabia Solar Association led by...

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Solar offers immense challenges and potential in the MENA region

تزخر بعض دول الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا بمخزون هائل من البترول. وتضطرب بعض هذه الدول بسبب الصراعات. ولدى البعض الآخر خطط هائلة لصناعات الطاقة الكهروضوئية. كما لدى بعض الدول طموحات متواضعة. ورغم ذلك، تُعد جميع هذه الدول غير ناجحة فيما يتعلق بالتقدم في صناعات الطاقة الشمسية. تحاول مجلة PV التي تتناول موضوعات الطاقة الكهروضوئية اكتشاف سبب هذا الموقف. تفضلوا بتنزيل المقالة الكاملة بملف...

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Young Solar Champions Program Launched by SASIA and Solar GCC Alliance

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — With staff localization requirements emerging throughout the GCC and a growing solar market, identifying and training local management staff is becoming essential. To help meet this challenge, the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA), in association with the Solar GCC Alliance, is launching the GCC Young Solar Champions Scholarship program. Members of this elite group will be selected from candidates with a...

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New Solar GCC Alliance to Launch during World Future Energy Summit 2014

Riyadh, 17 January 2014 – The GCC region has some of the most energy-advantaged countries in the world. While each of these nations shares a vast potential for solar power, each has its own unique solar business model and cultural identity. Oman, for example, has employed solar-enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technology to reduce the amount of natural gas it burns in EOR operations, while Qatar aims to use polysilicon for solar panels to power...

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