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Arzon Announces uModule Platform

Published on February 20, 2015 in Bahrain Solar, Egypt Solar, Emirates Solar, Jordan Solar, Kuwait Solar, Morocco Solar, Oman Solar, Palestine Solar, Qatar Solar, Saudi Arabia Solar

The California-based Arzon Solar team is excited to unveiling the uModule CPV platform. Unlike most CPV products, which are targeted specifically to the utility-scale segment of the solar market, uModule is designed to empower products in every market segment of solar, including industrial, commercial, off grid, remote, mobile, utility and as an alternative to rooftop. Click here to learn more about the uModule platform on the Arzon Solar blog. Click here to download a PDF overview of Arzon Solar and...

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The power business: Interview with Alfanar Construction Executive Manager T&D & Power Business Wassim Mallouhi

Published on February 20, 2015 in Bahrain Solar, Egypt Solar, Emirates Solar, Jordan Solar, Kuwait Solar, Morocco Solar, Oman Solar, Palestine Solar, Qatar Solar, Saudi Arabia Solar

In this exclusive interview with SolarPV.TV at the World Future Energy Summit 2015 in Abu Dhabi, Wassim Mallouhi of Alfanar Construction talks about his company’s work in Saudi Arabia, including their participation in a tender for solar CSP projects. Watch the interview from...

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The complexities of MENA solar markets: SolarPV.TV Exclusive interview with SASIA Executive Director

Published on February 20, 2015 in Bahrain Solar, Egypt Solar, Emirates Solar, Jordan Solar, Kuwait Solar, Morocco Solar, Oman Solar, Palestine Solar, Qatar Solar, Saudi Arabia Solar

In this interview at the World Future Energy Summit 2015, SASIA Executive Director Browning Rockwell addresses the complexities of solar markets in the Middle East and North Africa region, looking at the different factors driving solar adoption for different nations, the role of development banks, and more. Watch the interview at...

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CPV’s Golden Opportunity in the MENA Region

Published on February 11, 2015 in Bahrain Solar, Emirates Solar, Jordan Solar, Kuwait Solar, Morocco Solar, Oman Solar, Qatar Solar, Saudi Arabia Solar

No solar technology can claim to offer what concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) does, be it the superlative efficiencies in high-DNI regions, or zero-water usage in passively cooled systems. Just like concentrated solar power, CPV works best in regions with high Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI), especially with values above 2,000 kWh/m2. And just like standard flat-plate photovoltaics, CPV has the benefit of modularity, thus can be designed to meet any electrical requirement. “CPV is the most appropriate technology offering for the MENA region due...

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DEWA releases standards for rooftop PV systems

Published on February 1, 2015 in Emirates Solar

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has released the standards for installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on buildings in Dubai and has invited manufacturers to submit their eligibility applications. HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, issued resolution No. (46) for 2014, allowing customers to install photovoltaic (PV) panels for the production of electricity from solar power in buildings, and connect them to DEWA’s grid. This makes Dubai the...

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SolarPV.TV coverage of WFES

Published on January 29, 2015 in Bahrain Solar, Emirates Solar, Jordan Solar, Kuwait Solar, Morocco Solar, Oman Solar, Past Events, Qatar Solar, Saudi Arabia Solar

أطلق تلفزيون الخلايا الفولتضوئية الشمسية تغطية حصرية للقمة العالمية لطاقة المستقبل لعام 2015. شاهد الفيديو أدناه لمزيد من التغطية على: solarpv.tv.

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UAE company bets on renewable power in Egypt amid energy crisis

Published on January 19, 2015 in Egypt Solar, Emirates Solar

A Dubai-based private firm is leading a consortium in bidding to develop solar and wind power plants for Egypt as part of the country’s plans to diversify its power generation mix amid its worst energy crisis in decades, the company’s chairman said. Egypt is working to expand both coal and renewable energy use. It is mostly dependent on natural gas to power homes and industry, and persistent shortages cause regular blackouts throughout the country of 85 million people. Access Infra Africa, a partnership between United Arab...

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DEWA’s rock-bottom solar bids: the real story

Published on January 13, 2015 in Emirates Solar

Record-low tariffs have been offered for Dubai’s 100 MW PV project, raising questions about whether such prices accurately represent the global market and the future of solar projects. As an independent power project and the largest of its size to be planned within the Middle East, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) 100 PV power plant attracted some of the biggest names in the solar industry, with bids as low as $0.0598/kWh and $0.0612/kWh. The unprecedented bids, made by Acwa Power and a consortium led by Fotowatio Renewables...

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UAE’s Masdar begins $50m PV projects in Pacific Islands

Published on December 30, 2014 in Emirates Solar

Construction has begun on the creation of four solar PV plants in Kiribati, Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu that will deliver 1.8 MW of clean energy to the island countries. Underpinned by financing from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, UAE renewable energy company Masdar has commenced construction on four solar PV projects in the Pacific Islands region. The $50 million, 1.8 MW project will see solar added to four Pacific Islands countries as part of the UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund. Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are the chosen locations for...

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Green funding makes its way into the MENA region

Published on December 10, 2014 in Bahrain Solar, Emirates Solar, Jordan Solar, Kuwait Solar, Morocco Solar, Oman Solar, Palestine Solar, Qatar Solar, Saudi Arabia Solar

Financing has historically proven to be one of the biggest obstacles for solar power developers, and even more so in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where the lack of a track record of renewable projects poses a persisting challenge. But the picture is finally changing. Plummeting solar system prices, improvements in module efficiencies, and an industry-led movement to seek alternative means of raising capital, are together leading to an imminent revolution in solar financing in the region. Disproving misperceptions One of the latest...

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