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Renewable energy in Middle East

  • Bahrain inks deal to develop solar power policies

    BAHRAIN, 2017/09/08 Bahrain has appointed technical consulting and engineering company CESI as it embarks on developing its solar power policies. Dr. Abdul-Hussain Ali Mirza, the country's Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, said CESI has been hired to support Bahrain’s sustainable energy unit (SEU) to develop the regulatory requirements related to connecting distributed renewable energy resources. Bahrain hires technical consulting and engineering company CESI as it eyes renewable energy drive
  • Jordan sees rising investment in clean technology

    JORDAN, 2017/04/15 The Regulation for Organising Non-Jordanian Investments No. 77, passed in June, eased capital requirements and other restrictions on foreign investment in key sectors. Among the headline changes, foreigner investors looking to establish businesses are no longer required to meet a JD50,000 ($70,400) minimum capital threshold to enter specific industries. Areas previously restricted to local firms, including railway services, have now been opened to international investors, though certain segments of the economy remain off-limits.Regulatory reforms introduced in 2016 should draw investors to help carry out a large, state-led project pipeline, with clean and alternative energy among the industries benefitting.
  • World’s leading gas exporter wants to become champion of renewable energy

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  • Swiss company to build $839 million wind farm in Iran

    IRAN, 2016/09/23 Switzerland’s MECI Group International signed an agreement with Iran’s government to build a 750 million-euro ($839 million) wind farm, Bloomberg reported. The project, located in the mountainous region in northern Iran, will have 270 megawatts installed capacity, according to a statement from the Swiss holding company. Turbine testing is by presently happening onsite, according to MECI Chairman Jeremiah Josey. “Iran is at a very interesting point in history,” Josey said in a phone interview. “There is so much increase to be had. They can get through at least 20 years of technological catch-up in five years.”
  • Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can do that

    WORLD, 2016/07/16 Before this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken world temperature records by a shocking all. March broke all the records, too. In June our screens were covered with surreal images of Paris flooding, the Seine bursting its banks and flowing into the streets. In London, the floods sent water pouring into the tube system right in the heart of Covent Garden. Roads in south-east London became rivers two metres deep. With such extreme events becoming additional commonplace, few deny climate change any longer. Finally, a consensus is crystallising around one all-significant fact: fossil fuels are killing us. We need to switch to clean energy, and fast. But while this growing awareness about the dangers of fossil fuels represents a crucial shift in our consciousness, I can’t help but fear we’ve missed the point. As significant as clean energy may be, the science is clear: it won’t save us from climate change.
  • Solar energy to meet 20% of Qatar's energy demand by 2030

    QATAR, 2016/07/10 Qatar could focus additional on the implementation of rooftop solar solutions to address the request for electricity, particularly during the peak season, a top official of Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (Qeeri) has said. "One area where the implementation of solar technologies could accelerate rapidly is that of rooftop solar (solutions)," Dr Khalid al-Subai, acting executive director of Qeeri, told us. Al-Subai explained that in Qatar, "solar intensity and cooling request track very closely", particularly during the summer months. "Thus, rooftop solar could become very cost-effective in lowering peak electricity request, which is very significant to Qatar's utilities," he said. "Dubai recently committed to a target of 100% rooftop solar (solutions) by 2030, and other states within the GCC could well follow Dubai's lead."
  • Kazakhstan to cooperate with Qatar, Japan in renewable energy sector

    JAPAN, 2015/10/29 Kazakhstan's Kazatomprom Company has signed an agreement on cooperation with Qatar in solar energy development. Kazatomprom reported on October 28 that a framework agreement on a joint venture in the field of solar energy was signed with Qatar Solar Energy. According to the agreement, Kazatomprom is becoming a strategic shareholder of the Qatari company and is able to expand the chain of production of solar panels from raw materials to the electricity generation, to increase the production capacity of existing enterprises and to start producing ingots and cells with a capacity up to 1,000 MW.
  • QSE Opens Enormous Solar Panel Factory In Qatar

    QATAR, 2015/04/26 Qatar Solar Energy has launched an enormous solar panel factory in Qatar, and they even want to expand production further to 2.5 GW. Qatar, a country located halfway down the west coast of the Arabian Gulf, has an arid climate and long summers. Qatar receives 11 hours of sunshine per day in May (at the same time as summer begins), 11 in June, July, August, and 10 hours per day in September (at the same time as summer ends).
  • Israel's Energiya to build solar field in Georgia

    GEORGIA, 2014/12/17 The US affiliate of Israeli solar company Energiya won a $30 million arrangement to build a 17.68 MW solar field in southeast Georgia. It will be the initial utility level solar field in that part of the national. The 79-acre field will be constructed in Glynn County, Georgia and is expected to be interconnected by the last day of 2015. The power purchase agreement with the Georgia Power company promised 20 years of power. “Georgia Power is pleased to work with Energiya World, and its US affiliate, Energiya USA, as part of the Advanced Solar Initiative,” said Norrie McKenzie, Vice President of Renewable Development, at Georgia Power Company.
  • ABB has signed a Memorandum of Considerate (MoU)

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2014/11/21 ABB has signed a Memorandum of Considerate (MoU) with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to develop a 277kW grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) pilot project at the company’s premises in Dubai. The MoU supports the Smart Dubai initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world, and DEWA’s initiatives to connect electricity produced from solar power to its grid. Carlos Poñe, CEO, ABB UAE and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA at the signing ceremony