A Week in the Middle East: Deal between SirajPower and Emirates Group, Solar Cell System at Cairo Airport, and more


SirajPower Inks Major Long-Term Solar Deal with Emirates Group


SirajPower, UAE’s locally-owned and leading distributed solar energy provider, announced the signing of a long-term solar deal with Emirates Group to install the region’s first and largest solar carport for a sports facility. The 2 MWp solar carport will be custom-built for Sevens Stadium, a facility owned by Emirates Group known for hosting the world-famous annual Emirates Dubai 7s as well as other international sporting and entertainment events throughout the year. Under this long-term partnership, SirajPower will undertake the complete scope of services for the solar carport which includes the design, installation, financing, long-term operation, and maintenance. The project consists of installing 4,500 solar modules over an area of 10,551 m2, producing 3.6 GWh of clean energy annually, and thereby offsetting over 1,496 metric tons of CO2 emissions every year.

Launch of Solar Cell System at Cairo Airport by the Government


A protocol was signed by Egypt’s Ministries of Environment, Trade, and Industry, and Civil Aviation to provide financial and technical support by the EEAA. This was for the supply, execution, and operation of small grid-connected solar chargers and cells equipped with solar-powered display screens. These will be built at Cairo Airport. It was signed by Mohamed Abdel Karim, Executive Director of the Industrial Modernization Centre (IMC), Abu Sunna, CEO of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), Ayman Mohamed, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and Magdy Ishaq – Chairperson of Cairo AirPort Company. The national project for small grid-connected solar cell systems will be implemented by the IMC in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility will provide the funding.

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5% of Bahrain’s Power Generation from Renewable Energy by 2025

Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza, chairman of Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA) met the member and second deputy chairman of Parliament, Ali Ahmed Zayed. This meeting was to talk about renewable energy sources for powering utilities and service facilities. The efforts of SEA was appraised by Mr.Zayed as it was encouraging the use of renewable and environmentally-friendly power sources for fighting climate change A target was set by the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) to produce 5% of Bahrain’s power by 2025 with renewable energy and increasing it to 10% by 2035. Energy efficiency ratings for commercial and residential buildings, based on actual consumption and replacement of 70,000 street lights and 400,000 bulbs with LED bulb systems.

ALEC Energy Signs a Contract with DEWA for Solar PV

ALEC Energy signed a contract with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for providing solar photovoltaic solutions at DEWA’s new headquarters Al-Shera’a, Al Jaddaf area of Dubai. ALEC Energy provided a multi-tiered solution which includes the delivery of around 21,150m2 of building attached photovoltaic (BAPV) panels on the roof, more than 1,000m2 of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panels in the facade, and nearly 2,000m2 of podium fins and also fibre optic collectors, solar trees and shaded structure PV, which collectively will produce 4.8 MWp after completion. This will ensure the new headquarters reaches its net-zero targets. ALEC Energy along with contractors ATKINS, Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting LLC, and consultant is designing walkable and customized solar panels with a high transparency attribute that matches the striking architectural design of the building.

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TAQA’s Net Income of H1 at $790 million up by 42%

TAQA, an energy company controlled by Abu Dhabi’s government, took off its H1 2021 net income by 42% compared to the same year.TAQA (Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC) is one of the biggest listed integrated utilities in the Middle East. Recently, TAQA CEO and Managing Director, Jasim Husain Thabet, and the CEO of Emirates Steel, Engineer Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a large-scale green hydrogen project enabling the first green steel produced in the MENA region. In H1 2020, the company’s net income at AED 2.9 billion ($790 million) which is up by AED 2.4 billion from AED 504 million. It was adjusted by AED 1.5 billion for a one-off post-tax impairment charge, to take a hike of 42%. Due to the rise in prices of commodities in the oil and gas segment at AED 22 billion (11% high from the last year)

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