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Oman urged to use solar for water desal projects

Published on December 10, 2014 in Oman Solar

Oman should give greater consideration to using solar power for future water desalination projects, a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in collaboration with Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) has suggested. According to the report, solar energy has become an attractive option for water desalination following a steep drop in the cost of photo-voltaic (PV) based systems for electricity generation and is particularly competitive in rural areas where diesel is the primary fuel for electricity...

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EGA unveils mini solar field in Dubai

Published on December 2, 2014 in Emirates Solar

The UAE’s aluminium giant Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), has unveiled a mini solar field at one of its core operating assets – Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL, known as Jebel Ali Operations). The new array, which has a maximum output of 70kW, will generate enough power to run the electricity requirements of the site’s residential area office in the daytime, including air-conditioning. The development reflects EGA’s on-going commitment to save electricity and use renewable energy sources wherever possible. Other...

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KSA aims to become leading renewable energy market

Published on November 25, 2014 in Saudi Arabia Solar

Saudi Arabia may be the biggest oil exporter but moves are afoot for it to also become the world’s foremost market for renewable energy, according to industry sources. The Kingdom has earmarked $109 billion investment budget to achieve this goal, they said. By 2032, Saudi Arabia hopes to generate as much as a third of its local energy demand by using renewable energy. Read the full story from Arab News.

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SPE Paper Examines Economics of Steam Generation for Thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery

Published on November 25, 2014 in Bahrain Solar, Egypt Solar, Emirates Solar, Jordan Solar, Kuwait Solar, Morocco Solar, Oman Solar, Palestine Solar, Qatar Solar, Saudi Arabia Solar

Abu Dhabi November 24, 2014 GlassPoint Solar, the leader in solar enhanced oil recovery (EOR), recently released a new Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) paper entitled, “Economics of Steam Generation for Thermal EOR.” The SPE paper examines the economics of generating steam for thermal EOR using three methods deployed at oilfields in the Gulf region. Findings show under what conditions solar steam generators deliver the lowest-cost steam compared to steam produced from fuel-fired alternatives. University of Oxford Middle East energy...

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Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities in Middle East, Africa Focus at World Future Energy Summit 2015

Published on November 24, 2014 in Bahrain Solar, Egypt Solar, Emirates Solar, Jordan Solar, Kuwait Solar, Morocco Solar, Oman Solar, Palestine Solar, Qatar Solar, Saudi Arabia Solar

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 players – from industry, technology, finance and government – needed to accelerate commercial...

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DEWA selects 10 for solar park expansion

Published on November 23, 2014 in Emirates Solar

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has shortlisted 10 bidders for the 100MW expansion of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid AL Maktoum Solar Park. The bids will be reviewed according to the criteria developed by the advisory committee that oversees the project, the utility said in a statement. Though it gave no indication when it will select the project developer for the project, a decision is expected early next year. Read the full story from Utilites-ME. View the tender...

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ADWEA and SEWA Revise Water and Electricity Tariff for the Emirates

Published on November 23, 2014 in Emirates Solar

Water and electricity tariff for both Emiratis and expatriates had been revised with effect from January 1, 2015, in an apparent move to minimise government subsidies. Utility tariffs in Abu Dhabi have been heavily subsidised by the government. The electricity subsidy in residential buildings ranges from 55 per cent to 90 per cent and the water subsidy ranges from 79 per cent to 100 per cent, according to an Urban Planning Council Document. Under the new tariff, Emiratis have to pay for water that is free under current tariff. There is no...

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AllCell Consortium to Deploy National Network of Solar EV Charging Stations in Jordan

Published on November 20, 2014 in Jordan Solar

A consortium led by Chicago-based lithium battery manufacturer AllCell Technologies, LLC signed a Letter of Commitment (LOC) with the government of Jordan to begin the deployment phase of a network of solar powered electric vehicles (EV) charging station across Jordan. The agreement was signed during the Middle East and North Africa region’s biennial Information and Communication Technology (MENA ICT Forum 2014) that was held at King Hussein Business Park (KHBP) in Amman, Jordan on November 12-13, 2014. The AllCell consortium includes...

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Jordan—Pre-qualification for EPC of photovoltaic power plant

Published on November 19, 2014 in Jordan Solar

The Government of Jordan is looking to complement Jordan’s existing renewable energy capacity with a Photovoltaic Power Plant. The Jordan PV Power Plant will be located at the area of Quweira in the south part of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (with a capacity of 65 to 75 MW). The Government of Jordan is seeking a company (or companies) of international standing to render engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) turnkey services required to construct and install the Jordan PV Power Plant Project. Read the full details...

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DEWA signs pilot solar project deal with ABB in Dubai

Published on November 18, 2014 in Emirates Solar

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a deal with energy firm ABB to develop a pilot solar power project, which has a grid connected rooftop 277kW photovoltaic (PV) system. The project will connect to DEWA’s grid through a low-voltage distribution board at ABB. This would also support the Smart Dubai initiative and is part of the utility giant’s efforts to connect electricity produced from solar power to its grid, Gulf Business reported. Read the full story from Technical Review Middle...

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