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Gestamp Solar signs $28 million contract with Kuwait Oil for 10 MW PV plant

Spain’s Gestamp Solar has signed a $28 million contract with Kuwait Oil Company to build the first utility-scale PV plant in Kuwait. Gestamp Solar, the photovoltaic energy division of Gestamp Renewables, will engineer, construct, operate and oversee maintenance of the 10 MW Umm Gudair Field solar plant. Read the full story from PV...

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Kuwait Oil awards $37m solar PV project.

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has awarded a KD7.9m ($37.7m) contract to Italy’s Gestamp Asetym Solar to build and install a 5MW photovoltaic (PV) solar project at one of its upstream facilities. The 5MW solar PV off-grid system will provide power solely for the facility, and reduce reliance on the grid’s temporary generators. The project is the latest of several pilot solar projects planned in Kuwait. Read the full story from PV Insider (story #3...

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Kuwait calls for EOIs for solar power plant

Kuwait’s Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) have issued requests for Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Al Abdaliyah Integrated Solar Combined Cycle Project. Developers have been asked to respond to the EOI by 23 July 2014. Read the full story on...

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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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EnerTech Signs Strategic Investment and Partnership Agreement with Morgan Solar Inc. Transferring Solar Concentrated Photovoltaic Technology to Kuwait and the Middle East Region

  KUWAIT, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ – EnerTech Holding Company KSCC, (“EnerTech”), a newly established wholly owned subsidiary of National Technology Enterprises Company (“NTEC”) with a mandate to invest and develop technologies in the clean tech sector, and transfer these technologies to Kuwait and the region, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic investment and partnership agreement with Morgan...

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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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Bidders announced for Shagaya CSP project

Bidding for phase one of Kuwait’s Shagaya Multi-Technology Renewable Energy Park closed on 27 November, 2013, resulting in six shortlisted consortia for the EPC of the 50 MW Shagaya CSP plant. Who are these companies and how strong are their track records in CSP? Read the full story on CSP...

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