Week in MiddleEast: Bee’ah To Install Middle East’s First Solar Energy Landfill Project In Sharjah, OPWP Issues RFP For 1000 MW IPP Solar Projects, Siraj Power Commissions Lifco’s 2 MWP Solar Rooftop Plant at DIC and more

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Bee’ah To Install Middle East’s First Solar Energy Landfill Project In Sharjah

Bee’ah, Sharjah-based waste management company has recently stated that it will convert 47 hectares of Al Saja’a landfill area into a solar energy facility in Sharjah once the landfill is capped. This project will be able to generate over 42 megawatts of energy per year. In the first phase, 270,565 square metres of the landfill will be converted into a solar area with a projected output of 24 megawatts and in the second phase it will convert 200,099 square metres into a solar generation area which will produce another 16 megawatts. Salim Al Owais, chairman of Bee’ah said that “The UAE has made great strides in the development of renewable energy projects, and Bee’ah is keen to continue furthering its progress. This new landfill solar project is a remarkable landmark achievement for Bee’ah, as we continue to push boundaries of both waste management and clean energy as part of our overarching mission for sustainability”. Khaled Al Huraimel, group CEO of Bee’ah stated , “Bee’ah aims to make environmental sustainability a reality, and this investment to rejuvenate the Al Saja’a landfill for long-term solar infrastructure will help Sharjah attain its renewable energy targets, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Our new solar plant project will help fuel the energy requirements for the Emirate, while showcasing how innovation can be utilised to continuously improve the quality of life for communities” .

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) Issues RFP For 1000 MW IPP Solar Projects

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) issued an RFP to all prequalified bidders for a competitive tender for two Independent Power Projects (IPP). Nine energy project developer/developer consortiums are said to be competing for the Manah Solar I and Manah Solar II IPPs which will offer an aggregate capacity of 1GW. OPWP states that the project will be the largest renewable energy venture when it will be fully operational in 2023. For the implementation of the two IPPs an area of over 1,200 hectares has been reserved in the Wilayat of Manah. The companies participating in the tender process include Acwa Power; Jinko Power; Marubeni, Power Construction Corporation of China and Total Solar International, along with consortiums of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Renewables; Eni/Softbank Energy; Korea Western Power Company/Hanyang Corporation/Solar Reserve Limited and Nafath Renewable Energy; Tag Energy and Al Shanfari. The scope of work for successful bidders includes development, financing, design, engineering, construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of a 500 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar PV power plant. Oman wants renewables to contribute between 10% and 16% of the sultanate’s generating capacity in the main interconnected system (MIS) by 2025, which will total about 2,800MW.

Siraj Power Commissions Lifco’s 2MWP Solar Rooftop Plant at DIC

After only five months of design and installation, SirajPower turned on the Solar Rooftop System on LIFCO’s head office in Dubai Industrial City (DIC). Lifco is one of the largest consumer food distributors in the UAE since 1975. The commissioned 2 MWp solar rooftop plant will produce 3.5 GWh of clean energy per year and is estimated to set off 2,500 tons of carbon emissions annually. Through the close cooperation with LIFCO’s team of engineers, SirajPower accomplished yet another project for the Commercial & Industrial sector.

Trina Solar announces launch of two next-generation Vertex series modules with power output of up to 600 W

The company expects to realize the mass production of a 550 W series in the final quarter of this year. Several representatives of upper, middle and lower streams of the industrial value chain of the 600W+ Photovoltaic Open Innovation Ecological Alliance, representing manufacturers of silicon, wafers, cells, modules, trackers, inverters, materials and equipment, took part in a launch event and witnessed the new next-generation Vertex series modules. Antonio Jimenez, Managing Director and Vice President, Trina Solar Middle East and Africa commented “With the spike in renewable energy investment we are currently witnessing in the Middle East and Africa we are confident that there will be an increasing demand for the new Vertex series modules to match the growing power needs of the region. We are proud to be a member of the 600W+ Photovoltaic Open Innovation Ecological Alliance that is responsible for revolutionizing the PV modules industry and that the next-generation Vertex series, built on the basis of a new and forward-looking technology platform, has been recognized by key partners across the photovoltaic industry chain.”

The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) Cancels 200 MW Solar Tender in West Nile

The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has cancelled its solar photovoltaic power plant tender of 200 MW in west Nile. EETC has already informed the 13 companies, which had qualified to bid for the project, of its new decision, sources told Daily News Egypt. Orascom Construction, Infinity Energy, Acwa Power, Alcazar Energy, Lekela Power, Tebia, Masdar, First Solar, amongst others are eligible companies for this project. The EETC had earlier contracted with India’s Synergy to manage the consultancy work for the project. According to the sources, the EETC has cancelled the tender because it has achieved surplus electricity due to lower demand in the local market along with other projects in progress. The company will not cancel the other 600 MW projects in the west Nile area, which will be set up in cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The list of potential projects will be reviewed in the coming period as some will be prioritised while others may be cancelled or postponed, sources added. By 2022 the Ministry of Electricity of Egypt aims to produce 20% of its energy from renewable sources and 42% by 2035.

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