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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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85% of Qatar’s solar energy is by Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) has announced that it is currently producing up to 85% of Qatar’s total solar energy. The organisation made the announcement as it launched one of the Gulf region’s first energy monitoring centre (EMC) to manage its smart grid and monitor solar power generation across all sites within Education City. Read the full story...

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Qatar sheds light on its solar power future

Gas-rich Gulf state opens its ‘state-of-the-art’ solar panel facility. Doha, Qatar - Qatar has unveiled a first-of-its-kind solar-panel factory, saying it was now the largest solar-power producer in the region with the ability to generate 300mw of energy a year. On Sunday, the Qatar Solar Energy company also announced a three-phase plan to eventually produce 2.5gw of solar energy annually, though QSE board member Reyad Fezzani would...

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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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