Week in Middle East: UAE Increases Its Share of RE Energy, Saudi Arabia’s Amkest Group Signs Joint Venture Agreement With Pacific Green, MASE to Operate, Maintain And Manage AL Kawn’s Solar PV Plants and more

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UAE Increases Its Share of RE Energy

In line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to increase the share of renewable and clean energy in Dubai’s energy mix, and following the decision issued by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, to reduce the fuel surcharge for electricity from 6.5 to 5 fils for kilowatt hour and for water from 0.6 to 0.4 fils for Imperial Gallon, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has directed all district cooling companies to fully implement this reduction in their customers’ bills and to take the necessary measures in this regard. The new decision reflects the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy’s commitment to enhancing the competitiveness and economic sustainability of Dubai in line with the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy and make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.

Saudi Arabia’s Amkest Group Signs Joint Venture Agreement With Pacific Green

Pacific Green Technologies Inc. (PGTK) has recently signed a joint venture agreement with Amr Khashoggi Trading Co. Ltd. (Amkest Group) to incorporate a company in Saudi Arabia for the sale of Pacific Green environmental technologies. “Saudi Arabia under its Vision 2030 strategic framework, which calls for 9.5 GW of the Kingdom’s energy to be supplied through renewables by 2030, is set to undergo rapid growth.”, Commenting on the partnership, Scott Poulter, PGTK’s CEO, said. “Pacific Green’s technologies, particularly in the solar power, desalination and battery energy storage system sectors, provide the perfect solution to the Kingdom’s growing demand, and we are excited to leverage Amkest Group’s hard-earned relationships to contribute toward the goals of Vision 2030.” he added.

MASE to Operate, Maintain And Manage AL Kawn’s Solar PV Plants

MASE, the leading regional solar operations and maintenance firm, and Al Kawn Radio & TV Broadcasting, a principal owner and operator of radio and TV broadcasting platforms in Jordan, announced the signing of an operations, maintenance and asset management contract for two commercial-scale solar PV plants located in Al Sult and Ras Al Naqab, Jordan. The plants, developed and owned by Al Kawn, are interconnected to the local distribution networks on a wheeling arrangement. They have been financed by the Cairo Amman Bank under a commercial loan agreement. The plants, which have a combined installed capacity of 280 kWp, are fitted with the latest bi-facial panel technology and cutting-edge Huawei string inverters. Under the contract, MASE will carry out turn-key operations, maintenance and management services comprising preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance to ensure the plant’s long-term performance and optimal availability. MASE will also carry out asset management services comprising periodical management reporting and to ensure compliance with owner, grid and lender requirements.

Amana Solar Reduces 80 % of the Energy Load of Trilogi’s Mega Distribution Center Warehouse

Amana Solar, a UAE-based sustainable energy provider for businesses, has successfully implemented a 3,515 kWp rooftop solar installation at Trilogi’s Mega Distribution Center (DC) warehouse in Jebel Ali Freezone, which enables the growing logistics business to swiftly switch to clean energy while significantly reducing its energy costs by around AED2.45 million in the first year of operation. Amana Solar, a UAE-based sustainable energy provider for businesses, has successfully implemented a 3,515 kWp rooftop solar installation at Trilogi’s Mega Distribution Center (DC) warehouse in Jebel Ali Freezone, which enables the growing logistics business to swiftly switch to clean energy while significantly reducing its energy costs by around AED2.45 million in the first year of operation.

800 MW 3rd Phase Of The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Provides Clean Energy To More Than 240,000 Residences In Dubai

The 3rd phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, is one of the largest solar projects in the world. It has a capacity of 800 MW using photovoltaic solar panels and provides clean energy for over 240,000 residences in Dubai. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) built the 3rd phase of the solar park using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Group, through its subsidiary EDF Énergies Nouvelles at an investment of AED3.47 billion. The facility is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region to use single-axis solar tracking to increase energy generation. It also uses other innovative technologies, including cleaning robots for photovoltaic panels to increase the plant’s efficiency.

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