Week in Middle East: Saudi Arabia’s Desert Technologies is Breaking Through with SAHARA; DEWA Commissions 400/132 kV Substation at Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park; Total and Zahid Group Join Forces To Develop Solar Energy in Saudi Arabia and more


Saudi Arabia’s Desert Technologies is Breaking Through with SAHARA


For the very first time, Desert Technologies (DT) is going to launch SAHARA Containerized Solar Generator (CSG) in collaboration with Green Corp Konnection (GCK) to power part of the bivouac in NEOM during the Dakar Rally. Using 1 small container (20ft), 2 standard containers (40ft), with a power range of 62 kW. The SAHARA CSG, whether in events, military sites, desert camp sites, or even in the most inhospitable locations, is capable of providing 100 % clean energy directly from the sun during the day or through a battery pack during the night. With its quick and easy installation, the SAHARA is a silently, 24/7 operating compact and portable unit with cost effectivity and minimal maintenance. SAHARA is an international product, that has been launched in Saudi Arabia in line with vision 2030 and the reduction of dependency on oil. The solution is fitted off-grid projects that require a cheaper and sustainable alternatives to diesel generators and other energy sources. The 40ft SAHARA container can power about 100 households in remote villages in Africa, providing energy day and night to cover the basic needs. The solution is modular and can be sized case by case to meet different demand loads; households, schools, commercial activities.


DEWA Commissions 400/132 kV Substation at Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park


HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has commissioned a new 400/132 kV substation named ‘Shams’ at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. It has a conversion capacity of 2020 megavolt-amperes (MVA) with 223 kilometres of 400kV overhead lines to connect with DEWA’s network. Hussein Lootah, Executive Vice President of Transmission (Power) at DEWA, said that Shams substation uses the latest digital technologies in line with DEWA’s efforts to enhance digital transformation in all its services and operations. He noted that the new substation at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park increases the total number of 400/132 kV substations in Dubai to 24, in addition to three new substations that DEWA is currently building. ABB Linxon implemented the project. Shams substation uses the latest control and protection systems. It includes 14 (400 kV) Gas Insulated Switchgears (GIS), 28 (132 kV) GIS, and four 400/132 kV transformers with 2020 MVA capacity.

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Total and Zahid Group Join Forces To Develop Solar Energy in Saudi Arabia

Pursuing the development of renewable energy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah-headquartered Zahid Group, represented by “Altaaqa Alternative Solutions” and the French energy company Total, represented by “Total Solar Distributed Generation”, announce the establishment of a joint venture named SAFEER – Saudi French for Energy Efficiency and Renewables. Specializing in commercial and industrial solar installations on rooftops and carports, the joint venture will leverage Total´s expertise across the entire solar value chain and Altaaqa’s 18 years of leadership in delivering independent power and water utility solutions in the Kingdom. Both the Zahid Group and Total have a track record of successful investments in the Kingdom’s Oil & Gas and Energy Sectors, creating numerous career opportunities while also being catalysts in the elevation of industry standards and best practices. Establishing SAFEER comes as a natural response to the Ministry of Energy´s announcement to promote Renewable Distributed Generation in the Kingdom.

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SirajPower Maximises 1.5 MWp Solar Rooftop System for Fit-out Firm in Dubai

UAE’s distributed solar energy provider SirajPower has integrated and continually maximises Dubai-based fit-out firm Bond Interior’s newly constructed facility in Dubai Industrial City with a 1.5MWp solar rooftop system. SirajPower provided thoughtful consideration of how best to integrate and maximize the 1.5 MWp solar rooftop system’s output for the leading interior fit-out company- Bond Interior’s building at Dubai Industrial City. Bond Interiors, one of the largest high-end interior fit-out companies in the UAE, only employs the best and high-quality standards that provide comfort and energyefficiency to its clients. While solarpanels can be worked out on a constructed facility, it is ideal to realize the value of solarenergy and have it installed in a newly built building/property. Since 2020, the solar plant has generated 2.4 GWh of clean energy to date and has helped displaced nearly 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, corresponding to over 28,000 tree seedlings grown for a decade.

DEWA Wins “Renewable Deal of the Year” Award for Phase 5 of MBR Solar Park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has won the ‘2020 Middle East and Africa Renewables Deal of the Year’ from Project Finance International (PFI) magazine for the photovoltaic 5th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. PFI magazine, a subsidiary of Thomson Reuters, focuses on tracking and analysing projects, financial budgets and project deals worldwide. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, received the award. Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence, and the project team also attended. “We are proud to receive this award, which is added to the outstanding global award-winning projects of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one of the pillars of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. The solar park is the largest single-site solar park in the world with a planned production capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030,” said Al Tayer.

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