The road to a solar future
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Easing the approval requirements for the installation of rooftop solar panels is the first step towards Dubai achieving its goal of solar panels on every rooftop by 2030. As The National reported yesterday, approved contractors received an email notification from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) that certain requirements were no longer necessary for the…

Tunisia Launches Tender for 70 MW of Solar
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Tunisia’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched a tender for the deployment of 210 MW of renewable energy power.   Through the tender, the ministry aims to allocate 70 MW of solar capacity and 140 MW of wind. Selected projects will sell power to the country’s state-owned utility Société Tunisienne de l’électricité et…

International Companies Visit Sakaka Site and Prepare Bids for Saudi Arabia’s First Utility Scale Solar PV Plant
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The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM) in Saudi Arabia, hosted representatives of pre-qualified companies for a bidders’ conference and an exclusive visit to the Kingdom’s first utility scale Solar PV power plant site. The attendees comprised of representatives from the 27 shortlisted bidders, for…

ACWA Power aims to double assets by 2020 with Saudi renewables
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Riyadh-based power and water company ACWA Power expects to double its $35 billion asset base within the next three years, mainly by taking over soon-to-be privatised Saudi utilities, its CEO has said.   In an interview with Arabian Business, Paddy Padmanathan said the kingdom’s plans to generate 9,500 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy under it’s…

FRV begins construction of two solar PV plants in Jordan
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Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading global utility-scale solar developer, has celebrated the symbolic laying act of the Foundation Stone of the solar PV plants Mafraq I and Mafraq II. The ceremony marks the beginning of the construction of both projects in Mafraq, one of the areas with the highest solar irradiation in the region….

Dubai Carbon and Innogy to give Shams Dubai a boost
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Dubai Carbon has announced signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Innogy International Middle East to develop and implement rooftop photovoltaic (PV) opportunities under the Shams Dubai initiative.   The collaboration will reportedly include the design of a standardised and low-cost solar kit for residential applications, as well as large-scale industrial rooftops.   Remarking on…

Region a bright spot for renewables sector jobs
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Job growth in renewables slowed globally last year, but Middle East companies are ramping up their search for workers as new projects are developed.   Employment, excluding hydropower, increased by 2.8 per cent to 8.3 million last year, according to a report released by the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). This is a…

World’s first refugee camp powered by renewable energy
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Today the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, switched on a newly built solar plant in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp. The solar plant, which cost €8.75 million, has been entirely funded by the IKEA Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, through which the IKEA Foundation granted UNHCR a total of €30.8 million for renewable energy and education projects.   The…