Week in Middle East: UAE-SirajPower Commissions Solar Panels For DP World’s Residential Project In Jafza, Dubai Sees World’s Largest Single-Site 700 MW Concentrated Solar Project by Shanghai Electric & DEWA, Dubai solar-power startup helps clients cut energy bills and More


UAE-SirajPower Commissions Solar Panels For DP World’s Residential Project In Jafza


SirajPower, a leading distributed solar energy provider in the UAE, has completed the construction and installation of a new fully financed solar model for DP World’s Staff Accommodations in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) East and West. The two combined 6.75MWp system capacity solar rooftops span across a total of 110 mid-rise buildings between both locations and generates over 10.72GWh of annual energy production. It will help displace approximately 7,579 metric tons of carbon dioxide emission (Co2) per annum, corresponding to 966,626,499 number of smartphones being charged or 125,328 trees planted. To complete this ambitious project within only 3 months, SirajPower put together a centralized project management team with Jafza facility management team to build and install 17,500 solar panels with the mobilisation of more than 50,000 man-hours.


Dubai Sees World’s Largest Single-Site 700 MW Concentrated Solar Project by Shanghai Electric and DEWA


Significant progress has been made in the Dubai 700 MW concentrated solar power project, announced as the world’s largest single-site CSP project. A topping-out ceremony for the project’s 222-meter central tower was held, welcoming representatives from Shanghai Electric – the project’s general contractor – Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Noor Energy 1 and China Construction Third Engineering Bureau. The 700 MW CSP project marks phase four of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai and is a crucial part of the UAE government’s “Vision 2021” initiative to ensure sustainable and environmentally friendly development.

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A Dubai solar-power startup helps clients cut energy bills

A pioneering UAE startup is helping Middle East corporations to shrink their carbon footprint and reduce energy bills. Dubai-based Yellow Door Energy builds bespoke solar-power plants on company premises. It also finances, designs, operates and maintains the facilities, be they at a factory, office tower, warehouse or shopping mall. Customers pay a monthly bill once the installation starts producing electricity and come to own the solar plant at the end of the 10- or 15-year agreement.

ADFD Approves Record $105 mn Funding for 8 RE Projects

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has confirmed the allocation of approximately USD 105 million for eight renewable energy projects in developing countries in the seventh cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility. The announcement marks a record level of funding for any cycle since the facility was launched and will provide funding for projects in Antigua and Barbuda, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cuba, the Maldives, Nepal, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The announcement was made during the 10th IRENA Assembly and brings cumulative funding to date to USD 350 million, in line with the commitment made by ADFD across seven funding cycles to IRENA recommended projects.

Turkish Solar eyes 1GW-a-year growth after nearing cumulative 6GW

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A mix of GW-scale tenders and net metering support for residential arrays could help Turkey install at least 1GW of solar every year starting in 2020, local industry representatives have told PV Tech. Eren Engur, founder and CEO of consultancy Icarus Energy, pointed at the new figures from state transmission operator TEIAS – which showed Turkey’s solar market is nearing a cumulative 6GW, after installing 923MW in 2019 – Engur said he believes 2020 will be “the start of a sustainable market of 1GW per annum”. “In 2020 we’ll be expecting [solar] installations of around 800-1.000MW, mostly coming from self-consumption rooftop projects,” said Engur, who is a board member of Turkish solar body GÜNDER and heads up the association’s Energy Storage Committee. 

King Salman of Saudi Arabia Unveils an Ambitious Solar Energy Plan for the Region

As Saudi Arabia goes, so too does the Middle East. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the largest economy in all of the Middle East while ranking 18th on the entire planet. The strength of Saudi Arabia’s economy is due largely to the country’s massive reserves of oil. With a country built on oil, some may find it surprising to hear that Saudi Arabia is pivoting toward renewable, clean, and green energy sources for future development. Under the leadership of King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has unveiled a massive and equally ambitious plan to develop 60 gigawatts of renewable energy over the next decade. Energy Attorney Amir Handjani has been closely following the developments through his work at Reuters among a slew of other publications. For a more general look at this green energy development, we will be able to walk you through the major details. Under the guidance of King Salman, Saudi Arabia has unveiled an ambitious and comprehensive solar energy plan. The plan, which was unveiled by the Solar Outlook Report, was first introduced at the Solar Forum of the World Energy Summit. The report detailed the various efforts that Saudi Arabia was undertaking in order to provide access to green, clean, and renewable energy sources within the country. While the report is only just now gaining international attention, Saudi Arabia has been working through the process for the better part of the past three years.

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