Week in Middle East: Masdar Wins 457 MW Uzbekistan Solar Tender; Abu Dhabi Airports and Masdar Complete Largest Solar-powered Car Park and More

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Masdar Wins 457 MW Uzbekistan Solar Tender

Masdar a global leader in renewable energy and sustainable urban development company, headquartered in Abu Dhabi has won the tender for the construction of a 457MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Uzbekistan. The contract for the project in the Sherabad district of the Surkhandarya region was awarded by the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan. The Sherabad project is part of a wider programme to construct solar PV plants with a total capacity of 1GW. Masdar was awarded the tender to construct the 457MW plant with a proposed energy charge (tariff) of US 1.8045 cents per kWh. The project also includes construction of a new 220kV substation and a 52 km transmission line to connect to the 500kV Surkhan substation.

Abu Dhabi Airports and Masdar Complete Largest Solar-powered Car Park

Abu Dhabi Airports, the owner and operator of the emirate’s five airports, and Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, have announced the completion of Abu Dhabi’s largest solar-powered car park. The three-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project is installed on the car shading at the short-term car park of the Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The energy generated by the grid-connected project will be used to power the car parking facility, with excess energy fed to other sections of the airport. Masdar’s Energy Services department provided a full turnkey solution for the project, including financing, design, procurement and construction. Under the terms of the lease agreement, Masdar will also provide operation and maintenance services for a 25-year period.

Two PV Plants Bring Clean Energy to More Than 500,000 in Senegal

Nearly 540,000 people in Senegal will get access to clean and affordable power following the launch of two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, financed by IFC, the European Investment Bank and Proparco, under the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar program. The two plants that launched operations last month are located in Kael and Kahone in Western Senegal and have a total capacity of 60MWac. They will provide energy at tariffs of 3.98 and 3.80 Euro cents per kilowatt hour, respectively – one of the lowest prices for electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa – and will help avoid 89,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. The two plants are sponsored by Engie, Meridiam, and the Senegalese Sovereign Wealth Fund for Strategic Investments (FONSIS). The competitive tendering was led by Senegal’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRSE).

GERAB Inks Solar Lease Agreement with SirajPower for its Manufacturing Facilities in JAFZA

Under the solar lease partnership, SirajPower will fully finance, design, construct, operate and maintain a 500 kWp solar rooftop plant for Gerab’s warehousing facilities in Jebel Ali Free Zone. Gerab National Enterprises LLC is an internationally recognized leading bulk stockist and supplier of piping system components for various industries for over 40 years. The 500 kWp solar panel system, which occupies 3,700 sqm of roof space, will provide renewable energy enough to power 100% of Gerab’s warehousing facilities’ energy consumption in Jafza. Every year, 850 MWh of clean energy will be generated by the solar plant off setting 600 metric tons of carbon footprint which is equivalent to removing 130 cars off the road per year.

Desert Technologies’ Sahara Solar Generator Wins Award

Saudi solar energy firm Desert Technologies (DT) has won the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s (MESIA) “Best Innovation” award in the field of renewable energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for 2020. The award recognizes DT’s Sahara containers, which are considered a scientific and technological revolution in renewable energy. DT produces the containers at its factory in Jeddah. Khaled Ahmed Sharbatly, managing partner of DT, received the award in the presence of Ahmed Nada, president of MESIA, and an audience of specialists and professionals involved in the manufacture and production of solar energy. DT launched two containerized solar systems of Sahara, each 40 feet and 20 feet in height. It generate up to 100 kWp of pure solar energy, which provide power during the day directly from the solar system while allowing for electricity through a battery bank during the night. They are easily installed and operate silently 24/7, unlike diesel generators, and require minimum maintenance. DT showcased the power of the 40-feet Sahara containers to the world during the 2021 Dakar Rally, and before that, in Africa supplying electricity to areas peripheral to the main grid, where one container is sufficient to meet the basic needs of about 70 small homes. It provides immediate sustainable energy in remote areas and is the best alternative solution for costly conventional energy in implementation and maintenance.

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