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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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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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Morocco’s first solar plant to begin operations in 2015

Government officials have confirmed that Morocco’s first solar energy plant, Nour 1 in Ouarzazate will commence operations from 2015 According to project officials, the upcoming project is touted to be largest of its kind in the world. The US$770mn solar plant has a capacity to generate 160MW of power, and is aimed at satisfying growing energy needs in North Africa. Read the full story from Technical Review Middle...

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World Bank approves $519 million for 350 MW of solar CSP in Morocco

The World Bank has approved loans of US$400 million from the Bank and another $119 million from its Clean Technology Fund to the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) to support 350 MW of solar CSP. These second and third phases of the Noor project in Ouarzazate, Morocco will involve 150-200 MW of parabolic trough CSP and a 100-150 MW solar power tower CSP plant. These follow on an adjacent 160 MW parabolic trough CSP initial phase which...

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North Africa: NOOR II and NOOR III bid deadline extended

The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has extended the application deadline for the second phase of its 500 MW NOOR concentrated solar plant by three months to mid-September 2014. Located near the south central city Quarzazate, the NOOR CSP Next Program consists of two separate projects: a 200 MW CSP parabolic trough project (NOOR II); and a 100 MW CSP tower project and (NOOR III). MASEN pre-selected consortia for the two projects in...

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Morocco steps up CSP activity with R&D funds

The Moroccan solar industry has chosen six research and development (R&D) projects involving novel solar thermal and CSP technologies to receive US$2.3 million from the Moroccan Institute for Research on Solar Energy and New Energy (IRESEN). The projects received their funding in May during a formal signing ceremony. At the same time, a further 11 were announced to have gone on to the second stage of the programme for examination, with a...

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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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ACWA Power awards new solar project contract

A consortium comprising EPC majors Acciona, Senerand TSK and Dow Chemical Company was awarded the contracts by Saudi-based ACWA Power to build the Noor 1 160MW CSP plant in Morocco and Bokpoort 50MW CSP plant in South Africa, local media reported. Read the full story on Utilities-me.com

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Morocco awards USD 2.3 million to six solar thermal, CSP R&D projects

Morocco awards USD 2.3 million to six solar thermal, CSP R&D projects – http://www.solarserver.com/solar-magazine/solar-news/current/2014/kw21/morocco-awards-usd-23-million-to-six-solar-thermal-csp-rd-projects.html The Moroccan government has chosen six research and development (R&D) projects involving novel solar thermal and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies to receive USD 2.3 million in funding under the InnoTherm...

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