The Winners

Technology of the Year

NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions PTE

NOMADD, developed three years in Saudi desert conditions, is specifically designed to meet the biggest challenge facing the solar industry:  Dust on panels. They achieve better efficiency gains for an array in a dust storm, than the total of cell development in the last 20 years.  NOMADD are the ultimate innovation to increase efficiency of desert solar arrays, achieved by thinking outside the box. O&M is solar’s dirty little secret, and we are proud to take cleaning out of the risk equation.  They aim to facilitate the entire industry with this technology. Picture1

Commercial Advisor of the Year

IFC – International Finance Corporation

On 30 September 2014, the IFC signed financing packages worth $207.5 million to construct seven of the twelve first round solar PV power parks.  Each PV developer was too small to sustain the high transaction costs and long processing periods from many small clients. Therefore IFC aggregated all developers into a common platform where IFC’s clients benefit from a dedicated IFC team and reduced transaction costs. The packages support the Jordan’s small-scale solar PV projects, the largest in the Middle East that will boost power supplies in Jordan, where electricity demand is increasing at about 8% every year and also reduce Jordan’s reliance on imported fossil fuels. Picture2

Legal Advisor of the Year

Eversheds

Eversheds is advising on 8 out of the 10 solar projects in Jordan Round I.  This includes acting for Diamond Generating Europe on the 52MW Shams Ma’an project. They are currently advising Queen Alia International Airport on distributed energy/netmetering solutions. They have also advised on over 15 solar equity investments in the Middle East, helped government bodies such as DEWA, KACARE, SIDF, MEMR, applied international standards to ensure bankability and marketability and participated at board level on all the key associations ie MESIA, SASIA and EDAMA. Eversheds

Regional Company of the Year

Access

Established in Dubai in 2011, Access has grown to become one of the region’s leading commercial advisers and solar project developers in the Middle East and North Africa. Under the leadership of Reda El Chaar, Access has won high profile solar mandates across the region and has advised some of the world’s leading companies such as SunEdison, Abengoa, EDF EN, and First Solar. On the development side, Access has just been awarded a 10MW solar PV IPP project in Soroti, northern Uganda, by KfW and the Government of Uganda. Once completed in October 2015, this project will be the largest of its kind in East Africa. This strong growth, coupled with the development and roll-out of the Access Infra Africa development vehicle, has attracted significant international investments into Access. As a result, Access has grown its enterprise value to $100 million in less than 3 years of existence. access

Utility Company of Year

NEPCO

Jordan is actively promoting the development of renewable energy. In this regard Jordan has adopted an ambitious target of 7% renewable energy in the primary energy mix by 2015 and 10% by 2020. NEPCO is responsible for the safe and economic operation of Jordan’s power system, constructing and maintaining its transmission network, purchasing electricity and selling it to distribution companies, procuring fuel for power plant, importing and exporting electricity with neighbouring countries, and contracting new generation capacity to meet the future demand. Nepco

Solar Initiative of the year

Lamyaa Abdel Hady Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity  - Head

Eng. Lamyaa heads up Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and specifically the Ministry’s  “Central Unit for FIT” (CU), which receives the RFQ submissions, evaluates them and selects the winners. Eng. Lamyaa has been a champion of solar and has led Egypt’s efforts to embrace a FIT regime for the country. Her impact is clear: a 2,300MW solar FIT program, the largest of its kind in the MENA region. This will help stimulate the growth of solar power not just in Egypt but across the Middle East. Picture6

Woman of the Year

Michelle T. Davies Eversheds International – Partner

Michelle as a board member of MESIA and the strategic board of SASIA has built up and trained a team of 10 solar lawyers in UAE, Riyadh and Jordan ensuring that the Middle East has centres of excellence and solar clients have local expertise; advised clients on best delivery for solar and helped to network them; run over 30 bespoke workshops for clients i.e the Jordan Banking Association, the Jordan Chamber of Commerce , IFC, ACWA; organised conferences in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and assisted developing areas such as Jordan net metering/wheeling and UAE roof top solar. Picture7

Policymaker of the Year

Dr Hafez El-Salmawy Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (ERA) Managing Director

Prof. Hafez El-Salmawy, is the Managing Director of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (ERA). He worked as technical manager in the National Energy Conservation and Environment project (ECEP) and as a senior projects consultant for power generation companies including; ABB, ALSTOM Power and Waukesha (USA) engines, SDT Canada and Allied consultants. He is widely recognized as the “Godfather of Egypt’s solar FIT regime” that represents the largest of its kind in the MENA region: 2,300MW of solar PV and 2,000MW of wind project in the next 2 years alone that will create thousands of jobs in Egypt. Picture8

Media Personality of the Year

Robin Mills Manaar Energy – Head of Consulting

Robin Mills is the Head of Consulting at Manaar Energy and is an expert on Middle East energy strategy and economics. He is a columnist on energy and environmental issues at The National, and comments widely on energy issues in the media, including the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Atlantic, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, Sky News and others. He has written extensively on solar power in the Middle East, including co-writing MESIA’s “Solar rooftop Report”. He is also the author of two books “The Myth of the Oil Crisis” and “Capturing Carbon”. Picture9

Solar Conference of The Year

MENASOL

In March 2014, over 400 solar delegates gathered in Dubai to debate, discuss and solve the current issues facing solar developers and EPC companies looking to get projects developed in the Middle East and North Africa. For the past 6 years, the top CSP and PV companies in the world have been attending MENASOL to meet the contacts essential for getting CSP and PV plants developed in the region. MENASOL brings together separate technology maps, best practice in plant construction and operation and a focus on the markets with real potential. Picture10
Project of the Year Enerwhere
Enerwhere provides solar hybrid power solutions to commercial and industrial clients in the Middle East and Africa on a rental and PPA basis. Enerwhere has developed a new generation of solar power plant that is 15-20% less expensive than for conventional power. It is also modular, scalable and easily transportable. The system seamlessly integrates with diesel generators and batteries to provide reliable, power 24/7 and is available through short-term rentals and longer-term PPA contracts. Enerwhere’s landmark project was developed for Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) to provide reliable power for its 20,000-strong workforce at Saadiyat Accommodation Village (SAV). In June, Enerwhere integrated a 200 kWp solar solution and reduced diesel capacity to 4.4 MW, equivalent to a 20% solar share in the lower load winter months. Picture11

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jit chakravarty Engineering Manager, Alsa Solar Systems

Jit Chakravarty, the engineering manager of Alsa Solar Systems was beyond any doubt a solar pioneer in the UAE.A passionate solar engineer & solar pioneer. He was one of the most respected voices in the industry at a time were people for asking for an honest straightforward answer without side intentions. His approach, work ethic and his success culminated into several awards like “Solar Innovation of the year” in 2012 from Middle East Electricity for the implementation of Solar Pumping Systems in the UAE and “Specialist MEP company of the year” in 2013 by MEP magazine a true sign of recognition by his peers in the industry. Picture12