MESIA Solar Awards 2017 – The Winners


Woman of the Year

Imen Gherboudj

Imen Gherboudj, Senior Research Scientist, Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment, Masdar InstituteDr. Gherboudj is presently leading a research work on assessing and modelling the impact of dust on solar irradiance attenuation and soiling losses on PV panels. image4Masdar

Roof-Top solar Project of the Year

Relyon Solar

Project in Al Jurf Area of Ajman: 200Kw rooftop installation with a 600 KVAH storage.
It is the first and the largest such installation in UAE commissioned in 2016 which can virtually run the complete manufacturing plant on either solar power and / or battery power.

Solar System innovation of the Year

Array Technologies

DuraTrack HZ v3 Load Mitigation Technology.
By utilizing this load mitigation feature, it presents a self-sufficient power plant technology. It is designed to operate mechanically and doesn’t require power cables, trenches, monitoring or human interaction to facilitate its function.

Solar Entrepreneur of the Year

CEO of Enerwhere: Daniel Zywietz

Daniel created Enerwhere, a Dubai-based solar company providing innovative solar hybrid solutions for the construction, oil and gas, mining, logistics and manufacturing sectors across the Middle East & Africa. Enerwhere provides solar-hybrid power on contracts as short as 6 months and with zero capital investment from the customer.  image9Enerwhere-in-White1

Most innovative Technology on Display at Solar Expo 2017

DAS Energy GmbH

DAS Energy GmbH, an Austrian company, develops and produces non-glass photovoltaic modules. Due to module production based on woven fiberglass and silicon solar cells the modules are light, thin and flexible. This combination cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The unique properties of the DAS Energy modules can be both applied in the field of BIPV in modern architecture, as well as for mobile applications, such as in caravans, boats, golf carts and similar. image11image12

 Financial Advisor of the Year

Synergy Consulting IFA

Synergy has been one of the leading financial advisor in solar sector with 19 ongoing / completed deals in 2016 in MENA region. Among which the two most prestigious transactions of the year:
Infinity 50 in Egypt (the first Solar PV deal in Egypt to be financed on non-recourse basis)

Project of the Year

Sterling & Wilson

170 MW in Morocco under Noor PV 1 Program (70 MW NOOR Ouarzazate IV, 80 MW NOOR Laayoune & 20 MW NOOR Boujdour).
The evaluation criterions based on which Sterling & Wilson was adjudged winner included, degree of technological innovation, pioneering characteristic, uniqueness, economic, environment and society benefits and proof of innovation, among other factors.
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Regional Company of the Year

ACWA Power

In 2016:

  • Noor-1 and Bokpoort (RSA) CSP projects became commercially operational
  • Noor-2 and Noor-3 CSP projects, and Shuaa PV are under-construction
  • Mafraq PV (Jordan) achieved dry financial close
  • Noor PV1 was awarded

Solar Energy Picture of the Year

Steam generation plant at RAM Pharma (Jordan) / Industrial Solar GmbH

Picture presented by Martin Haagen, business Development MENA for Industrial Solarimage19Industrial Solar steam generation at RAM pharma picture: Anders image21ISG_logo_renewables