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Week in Middle East: 299 MW of Rooftop Solar Installed Under the Shams Dubai Initiative; Bahrain To Save BD230 Million in 5 Yrs By Investing On Renewable Energy; Saudi Arabia Inaugurates Sakaka IPP PV Power Plant


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299 (MW) of Rooftop Solar Installed Under the Shams Dubai Initiative

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“Shams Dubai has connected over 6,727 buildings with a capacity of 298.7MW,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. “We support the success of the Shams Dubai initiative, which we launched in accordance with the Smart Dubai initiative to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world. We strive to develop the initiative to provide more opportunities for Dubai residents to transform their buildings into sustainable ones. This reduces the Emirate’s carbon footprint and increases the proportion of solar power in Dubai’s environmentally-friendly energy mix. Hab-Reeh Interactive Web Service supports the design and installation of solar photovoltaic panels rooftop energy systems according to the highest quality levels and the best international standards. It accelerates the assessment and approval of these systems as well as ensuring their compliance with DEWA’s quality energy standards. This saves the time and effort of Shams Dubai project constructors” added Al Tayer.

Bahrain To Save BD230 Million in 5 Yrs By Investing On Renewable Energy

Dr Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza, Chairman. Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA) said that Bahrain is aiming to produce 5% of its total power through green energy by 2025. This will enable the Kingdom to save BD230 million in energy production. The Kingdom has 535 buildings that can accommodate solar systems on their roofs, he added. The national renewable energy plan revolves around three main policies and seven projects and that the national goal aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix by 5%, equivalent to 250 MW by 2025 and 10% by 2035. SEA in collaboration with Education Ministry has tendered to set up solar system at eight schools. Also 23 Government entities has expressed their interest to have the solar rooftop projects.

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Saudi Arabia Inaugurates Sakaka IPP PV Power Plant

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has inaugurated the Sakaka IPP PV power plant, the country’s first renewable energy plant. The 300 MW Sakaka IPP photovoltaic (PV) solar project is the first ever utility scale renewable energy project under the National Renewable Energy Program of Saudi Arabia. The Renewable Energy Projects Development Office (REPDO) awarded ACWA Power the contract at a world record-breaking tariff of US Cents 2.3417/kWh (8.781 halalas/kWh). The plant will cover an area of six square kilometeres at Al Jouf. With an investment of US $302 million, this project the first of a series of project under the Saudi national renewable energy programme which aims to produce 9.5GW of renewable energy by 2023. The projects are part of a push towards renewable energy under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Dubai Supreme Council of Energy Launches 2021 Edition of State of Green Economy Report

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The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy released the seventh State of Green Economy Report. The 2021 edition was compiled by DSCE in collaboration with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). Under the theme ‘2020: Towards the next 50’, which is also the official 2020 government theme for the largest national strategy to prepare the country for the coming 50 years and its Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2021, this edition focuses on those public and private sector initiatives that will contribute to the country’s development and transition to a green economy in the upcoming 50 years. The report is structured as per the focus areas decided upon by the country’s wise leadership, namely in the economy, education, infrastructure, health and media.

Larsen & Toubro Begins Constructing The 300 MW Solar Plant in Saudi Arabia

The Renewables arm of Larsen & Toubro’s Power Transmission & Distribution Business has secured the go-ahead to begin constructing the 300MW Jeddah Solar PV Power Plant. The turnkey EPC order has been received from the consortium of Masdar, EDF Renewables and Nesma Company. Awarded by Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) to the consortium under design, finance, build and operate mode, the project has now attained financial closure after the signing of the power purchase agreement and thereby the notice to Larsen & Toubro to proceed with the construction. The project is in Third Jeddah Industrial City, 50km south-east of Jeddah. This large utility scale power plant utilizes state-of art technologies including bifacial modules, single axial trackers, string inverters and robots for module cleaning.

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