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EGA unveils mini solar field in Dubai

The UAE’s aluminium giant Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), has unveiled a mini solar field at one of its core operating assets – Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL, known as Jebel Ali Operations). The new array, which has a maximum output of 70kW, will generate enough power to run the electricity requirements of the site’s residential area office in the daytime, including air-conditioning. The development reflects EGA’s on-going...

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SPE Paper Examines Economics of Steam Generation for Thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery

Abu Dhabi November 24, 2014 GlassPoint Solar, the leader in solar enhanced oil recovery (EOR), recently released a new Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) paper entitled, “Economics of Steam Generation for Thermal EOR.” The SPE paper examines the economics of generating steam for thermal EOR using three methods deployed at oilfields in the Gulf region. Findings show under what conditions solar steam generators deliver the lowest-cost...

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Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities in Middle East, Africa Focus at World Future Energy Summit 2015

Region’s largest renewable energy and sustainability event expected to welcome 32,000 delegates and 650 participating companies to Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi-UAE: 24 November, 2014 – Unlocking the growing clean energy investment opportunities of the Middle East and Africa – two of the world’s most promising renewable energy markets – will be a key focus during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), January 19-22, in Abu Dhabi. WFES unites the key...

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DEWA selects 10 for solar park expansion

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has shortlisted 10 bidders for the 100MW expansion of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid AL Maktoum Solar Park. The bids will be reviewed according to the criteria developed by the advisory committee that oversees the project, the utility said in a statement. Though it gave no indication when it will select the project developer for the project, a decision is expected early next year. Read the full story...

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ADWEA and SEWA Revise Water and Electricity Tariff for the Emirates

Water and electricity tariff for both Emiratis and expatriates had been revised with effect from January 1, 2015, in an apparent move to minimise government subsidies. Utility tariffs in Abu Dhabi have been heavily subsidised by the government. The electricity subsidy in residential buildings ranges from 55 per cent to 90 per cent and the water subsidy ranges from 79 per cent to 100 per cent, according to an Urban Planning Council Document....

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DEWA signs pilot solar project deal with ABB in Dubai

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a deal with energy firm ABB to develop a pilot solar power project, which has a grid connected rooftop 277kW photovoltaic (PV) system. The project will connect to DEWA’s grid through a low-voltage distribution board at ABB. This would also support the Smart Dubai initiative and is part of the utility giant’s efforts to connect electricity produced from solar power to its grid, Gulf...

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Saudi Solar Trade Mission to Spain announced by the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) and the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA)

MADRID, Spain — The Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), in collaboration with the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Assiciation (SASIA), will host a Trade Mission to Madrid to identify potential investment and partnering opportunities between Saudi Arabian and Spanish companies. The Mission, which will include face-to-face meetings as part of the Spanish Solar Forum hosted by UNEF, will encourage Spanish and Saudi stakeholders to share experiences,...

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Egypt releases program requirements for renewable energy feed-in tariff qualifications

As reported by Eversheds, the Government of Egypt (GoE) represented by the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MoERE) have adopted a feed-in tariff scheme for both solar and wind energy as a part of larger supporting scheme for renewable energy. According to this scheme both the transmission (EETC) and distribution (DCs) electricity companies are committed to purchase the produced electricity from both solar and wind at the prices,...

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Abu Dhabi pushes for a solar power revolution

With this week’s UN Climate Summit in New York highlighting the key role of renewable energy sources in future economies, Abu Dhabi is quietly leading a solar power revolution that will see the Emirate’s rooftops produce high-quality and affordable renewable energy of their own. Abu Dhabi has granted a number of solar power generation licences to various test sites at institutions across the Emirate, including schools, the Abu Dhabi Judiciary...

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