Week in Middle East: Siraj Power Extends Its Solar Operations And Maintenance In The Middle East, Virtual WETEX And Dubai Solar Show Expand Green Technologies In UAE, MASE Joins Jordon Strategy Forum and more


Siraj Power Extends Its Solar Operations And Maintenance In The Middle East


SirajPower, UAE’s leading distributed solar energy provider, announced that it has started to provide operation and maintenance (O&M) services to all solar plant owners in the region beyond its owned portfolio. Through its O&M services, SirajPower will handle the operation, cleaning, and maintenance of solar systems allowing clients and plant owners to focus on their core business. The move also comes as SirajPower continues to champion the commercial, industrial and residential sectors (solar rooftop and carports) thanks to the strong and extensive solar experience built for nearly half a decade. Due to the rapidly maturing regional solar sector, O&M has evolved from a service offered mainly by Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) companies to a dedicated segment of the market where solar providers are able to offer it as an independent service. As with any infrastructure asset, continuous operations and maintenance is a critical component to long-term project success and asset recovery. Optimal operations of a solar plant must strike a balance between maximizing production and minimizing cost. Therefore, it is vital to engage a solar plant operator that can perform a comprehensive and full range of operation and maintenance activities to maximize the energy generation and ultimately providing savings to its plant owners and/or end-users. SirajPower’s initiative is a response to this gap. Proper maintenance is essential to maximize both energy yield and the plant’s useful life.

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Virtual WETEX And Dubai Solar Show Expand Green Technologies In UAE


Since its launch in 1999 by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) has witnessed significant growth. It has become one of the most prominent international exhibitions in water, electricity, energy, environment, oil, gas, green buildings, and environmental sustainability. This makes it a strong supporter of the vision of the Government of Dubai in building a sustainable future for the Emirate. The two exhibitions have recorded a growing number of companies from 4 to 2,350 companies over 21 years (until 2019). The number of participating countries has increased from 2 to 55 countries, while the number of sponsors has increased from 3 to more than 100 sponsors and partners. The exhibitions spread over 85,000 square metres and the number of visitors has reached more than 38,718 visitors. To build on the success of both exhibitions in enhancing its position regionally and globally, DEWA added new aspects to them. Initially, WETEX focused only on water conservation technologies when it was launched; then energy was added in 2001, followed by environment and recycling in 2004. Later reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and green building solutions were added in 2008. In 2011, WETEX included SmarTech, the exhibition which highlights modern and innovative ways of displaying and marketing electricity and water-saving products and green building technologies as well as environmentally-friendly products.

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MASE Joins Jordon Strategy Forum

MASE, the leading regional solar operations and maintenance firm, has joined the Jordan Strategy Forum as its newest clean energy-focused member. MASE will leverage its award-wining track record and knowledge base in developing and operating utility-scale solar PV plants across the region to provide the Forum with actionable insights in the field of clean energy. “The opportunity to be part of Jordan’s leading economic development think tank is something that we are very excited about. At MASE, we’ve developed a deep understanding of how clean energy power generation assets can positively impact Jordan’s energy infrastructure and we look forward to sharing those insights to advance Jordan’s energy ambitions and advocate for energy diversity across Jordan’s grid”, said Tareq Khalifeh, MASE’s Managing Director. JSF has been an instrumental platform in bridging together Jordan’s private and public institutions. The Forum’s member base includes an array of Jordan’s most reputable firms operating across diverse business sectors and the Forum has become renowned for its high-profile events.

SPARK Sustainability Shines Through Silver Level LEED Certification

King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) has become the first industrial city in the world to receive Silver Level accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The LEED program is an internationally-recognized green building certification system, which verifies that buildings are designed to improve performance across key sustainability metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impact. The LEED certification strengthens SPARK’s ability to support future tenants and investors on their own journey towards LEED certification of their own facilities, as part of a fully-integrated energy community. It also affirms the city’s integrated sustainability practices, which are at the heart of the community’s planning. SPARK has completed 60 per cent of its first phase, which consists of infrastructure, roads, utilities and real estate assets established across 14 square kilometers. Phase one is set to be completed in 2021. This is in addition to a dedicated three-square kilometer logistics zone and dry port. The city has already attracted a large number of tenants and investors, exceeding the plan for its initial land/facility offering by over 15%, and accelerating future development.

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