Week in Middle East: SirajPower Signs Notable 7 MWp Solar Deal with Al Shirawi Group; Belectric, CCC Sign Contract for Egypt’s 50 MW Zaafarana Solar Plant; Saudi National Renewable Energy Program Targets SR60 billion ($15.9 billion) Project Investments and More

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SirajPower Signs Notable 7 MWp Solar Deal with Al Shirawi Group

SirajPower, UAE’s leading distributed solar energy provider, announced today a major solar partnership with Al Shirawi Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in the GCC, spanning trading, industrial, distribution, contracting, and service industries. SirajPower has been engaged as a long-term partner starting with a significant 7 MWp solar rooftop installation for Emirates Printing Press in three of their plants, one of the region’s leading, high-quality press facilities in Dubai Industrial City (DIC) and Al Quoz. The solar rooftop project covers an area of 56,000 m2, and will produce 10.6 GWh of clean energy annually, offsetting more than 7,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

Belectric, CCC Sign Contract for Egypt’s 50 MW Zaafarana Solar Plant

A consortium of Germany’s Belectric and Athens-headquartered Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) has been awarded a contract to build and operate a 50 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar plant in Zafarana, Egypt. The consortium signed the contract with Egypt’s New & Renewable Energy Authority. Egypt’s Electricity Minister Mohammed Shaker attended the signing ceremony in Cairo. The project will be funded by German Development Bank (kfW). The project is part of Egypt’s ambitious target for 20 per cent of the total energy produced in the country to come from renewables by 2022 and for this to increase to 42 per cent by 2035.

Saudi National Renewable Energy Program Targets SR60 billion ($15.9 billion) Project Investments

The Riyadh Chamber, represented by the Business Support Observatory, has launched a report on indicators of the development of the renewable energy sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The report targets monitoring the status of the sector, the development of indicators of its top resources and shedding light on the national program of renewable energy projects, with the aim of improving the general investment environment in Saudi Arabia. The report also focuses on local and foreign investors alike in light of the Saudi Vision 2030, where the investment volume in the national program of renewable energy projects is expected to reach SR60 billion. The report showed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through the vision and the program, seeks to increase the actual generation capacity of renewable energy resources to some 58.7 gigawatts by 2030.

ACWA Power Sings Final Project Agreement for 200 MW Kom Ombo PV Plant with Egyptian Government

Saudi-based water and power projects developer ACWA Power said that it has signed final project agreements including power purchase pact with the Government of Egypt for the 200 MW Kom Ombo PV Plant. The virtual ceremony was held in the presence of senior government officials and representatives from the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC); The New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), and ACWA Power. The plant will be one of the largest privately developed utility-scale solar plants, supporting the Egyptian Government’s green energy development program.

4th Phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Uses the IPP model with Investments up to AED 15.78 Billion

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), inspected the work progress at the 950MW 4th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The 4th phase uses the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model with investments up to AED 15.78 billion. Al Tayer also reviewed work progress at the Visitors’ Centre of the 4th phase of the solar park. This is the largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project globally and features the world’s tallest solar power tower at 262.44 metres.

Extreme Environment at UL’s Saudi Arabia Test Facility Highlights Why Risk Mitigation Is Critical to PV Module Lifetimes

Increased understanding of reoccurring weather events, such as sand, dust and hailstorms, is critical to driving future project efficiencies and extending photovoltaic (PV) module lifetimes, according to UL, the global safety science leader and one of the world’s top advisors on the development, evaluation and optimization of renewable energy projects. This, coupled with deeper knowledge of extreme air temperatures and wind load, corrosivity, abrasion, hail and PV module mounting techniques, is essential if global solar owners and operators are to unlock future project performance gains. Gulf Renewables Lab, a UL- Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Labs joint venture, is able to evaluate PV module durability after exposure to extreme conditions at an outdoor test facility in Saudi Arabia, co-located with a state-of-the-art indoor PV testing laboratory. UL recently completed a yearlong study at the Saudi facility that provides guidance to drive future industry best practice for PV lifetime performance in extreme environments.

L&T Construction Secures (Major*) Green EPC Order To Establish One Of The World’s Largest Solar PV Plants By Capacity

The Renewables arm of Larsen & Toubro’s Power Transmission & Distribution Business has secured a turnkey EPC Contract, from the consortium of ACWA Power and the Water and Electricity Holding Company (a subsidiary of the Public Investments Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF)), for Sudair Solar PV Project of 1.5GW capacity. This project is considered the largest Solar Plant in Saudi Arabia with PPA signed. It is also one of the largest such plants in the world. The project that is coming up in Riyadh Province has a 30.8 square kilometre land parcel available to install a total capacity of 1.5GW PV Solar modules with associated single axial tracker and inverters.

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