MENA Solar Brief
MENA Solar Brief

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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GlassPoint Wins $53M From Oman, Shell, VCs for Solar Enhanced Oil Recovery

Concentrated solar power might be better for oil production than for electricity generation. Name a real-world, non-subsidized application in which concentrated solar power (CSP) could competitively replace natural gas in an enormous, emerging market. It’s solar enhanced oil recovery. Rod MacGregor, CEO of GlassPoint Solar, called it “a $115 billion heavy oil business opportunity.” And if GlassPoint’s...

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U.S. Ambassador to Oman visits PDO’s flagship solar EOR project

American solar innovation to create new jobs in Oman MUSCAT, Oman June 2, 2014 The United States Ambassador to Oman, Greta C. Holtz, and a delegation from the U.S. Embassy in Muscat yesterday visited the solar enhanced oil recovery (EOR) pilot at the Amal oilfield operated by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in southern Oman. The delegation was hosted by U.S.-based GlassPoint Solar, PDO’s solar EOR partner, underscoring the commercial and...

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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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GlassPoint first in the world to deploy new solar sensors

Muscat: GlassPoint Solar, the leader in solar enhanced oil recovery (EOR), has become the first company in the world to deploy new optical sensors developed by the DLR Institute of Solar Research and Black Photon Instruments (BPI), a spin-off of Fraunhofer. The sensors, optimised for desert environments, were installed at GlassPoint’s 7MWth solar EOR project at an oilfield in southern Oman to provide precise real-world solar energy data...

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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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Oman slated to be MENA’s next hub for solar technology

Oman could emerge as a regional leader in solar technology after Middle East’s first solar enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project at PDO’s Amal West field in southern Oman became a success. The project, which aims to reduce the amount of natural gas burned for thermal EOR, created a daily average of 50 tonnes of steam, which was enough to displace 36mn ft3 of gas in a year, since February 2013. Read more at Al...

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