UAE’s Solar Power Capacity to Reach 20GW by 2030
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UAE’s Solar Power Capacity to Reach 20GW by 2030, Predicts Masdar Institute Faculty MENA Region May Require 120GW in New Generation Capacity with US$250 billion Investments by 2017 The UAE could economically deploy solar power generation capacity of more than 20GW by 2030 if avoided and opportunity costs of new fossil power generation are fully…

Scoping the Saudi Arabia opportunity
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Saudi Arabia is planning the solar party of the decade. How to get in was a highlight in CSP Today’s new Live Debates series. It is probably the greatest experiment ever in solar power. Take a rich country with abundant sunshine and a genuine interest in developing renewable energy, and give it carte blanche in…

Pilot facility to test equipment using heat of sun to extract oil
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Glasspoint, a California company testing a technology to coax oil from the ground using the sun’s heat, is considering building a factory in the region should it receive enough local demand. It said yesterday that it had commissioned a 7-megawatt pilot facility for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), making Oman the second country where solar power has been…

To harness the sun, first break it into little pieces
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In a region that derives its electricity from sprawling power plants that generate millions of kilowatts every day, it is little surprise that the advance of solar power is measured in utility-scale arrays. Abu Dhabi kicked off a trend that will involve huge swaths of desert being covered with solar equipment over the coming decades when it…

CSP Today Live Debates, Webinar
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Marc Norman, ESIA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, participated in panel discussion hosted by CSP Today on the subject of “Saudi Arabia’s 41GW Solar Power Program.” Saudi Arabia is expected to issue procurements for 41 gigawatts of solar power projects worth more than $60 billion. The first step in the process was the release of…

Dubai Roundabouts go green on solar power
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Dubai: Dubai is on track to become the first city in the Middle East to use solar energy to irrigate landscaped roundabouts. The Dubai Municipality has already started irrigating 35 such roundabouts using a solar pumping system. “We are planning to change the entire irrigation system to solar. The implementation of the plan is likely…

The Middle East’s new energy export: sunshine
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Last month, Mauritania flipped the switch on a 15-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant. As solar power stations go, that’s small stuff. But for the west African nation of 3.4 million people, the project built by Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar will supply 10% of its entire electricity demand, which is mostly served by diesel…

The power of 2000 suns
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Scientists have announced a collaborative project to develop a cost-effective photovoltaic system capable of concentrating the incoming solar radiation to the power flux of 2000 suns and convert it to useful energy, both electrical and thermal energy, with an efficiency of 80 percent. Read more

North Africa solar scheme boosts capacity
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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A solar power production scheme stretching across North Africa and into the Middle East is being expanded to generate 1.12 gigawatts of energy for the region, making it the most ambitious programme of its kind, the African Development Bank has said. Read more