Week In Middle East: JA Solar Adding 14 GW New Capacity; KarmSolar Launches the Marsa Alam Solar Grid; And More


JA Solar Adding 14 GW New Capacity


Chinese solar cell and module manufacturer JA Solar Technology Co Ltd has announced its plans to expand the company’s existing integrated production capacity by an additional 14 GW, spread in the markets of China and Vietnam to meet its strategic development needs for RMB 3.45 billion ($543 million) total investment. According to the management, the addition of this new capacity will not only increase the supply of high-efficiency products in the market, helping it increase its market share and profitability, but also provide it the certainty of raw material supply. In a stock exchange filing, JA Solar said the expansion will comprise a 10 GW solar module and auxiliary production capacity at Yiwu in China’s Central Zhejiang province, which is expected to cost an investment worth RMB 688 million ($108 million).


KarmSolar Launches the Marsa Alam Solar Grid


In 2022, KarmSolar became the first private company to receive a permit to distribute electricity in Marsa Alam by the Egyptian Electricity Regulatory Agency. Accordingly, KarmSolar launched the Marsa Alam Solar Grid, a first-of-its-kind regional energy solution that aims to power resorts across Marsa Alam with a connection to the national grid and solar energy. KarmSolar will distribute 10 MW to 8 resorts with grid connections and dedicated PV stations. KarmSolar’s first project in Marsa Alam was back in July 2015. Marsa Shagra Resort (Red Sea Diving Safari) signed a PV/Diesel Hybrid Solar PPA, contributing renewable energy to the resort’s consumption and significantly lowering their energy bills.

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Trina Solar And AL-Raebi Sign First N-Type Vertex Deal in the Middle East During WFES 2022

Trina Solar has signed its first N-type Vertex deal in the Middle East with Al-Raebi for Trading Co. during World Future Energy Summit 2022 held in Abu Dhabi in middle January. This first of its kind deal in the Middle East region aims to supply the Middle East market with 40MW using Trina Solar’s latest N-type Vertex module to cater to the country’s increasing energy needs. The N-type Vertex module uses PACO technology to increase the power and efficiency up to 690W+. Al-Rabei, Trina Solar’s authorized distributor in the Middle East, will ensure that the country benefits from the latest technology and quality service by supplying Trina Solar’s latest N-type Vertex PV modules that are based on 210mm technology ensuring high reliability and solid performance to consumers across the Middle East market.

GTL Becomes UAE’s First Lab to Run On 100% Solar Power With Support of Sharaf DG Energy

Geoscience Testing Laboratory (GTL), a subsidiary of Dubai-based Prime Group and the largest laboratory in the Gulf Cooperation Council for the construction industry, has reached a pioneering milestone in the realm of the clean energy mix by becoming the first analytical laboratory to run on 100 percent solar power. Facilitated by Sharaf DG Energy, GTL is now equipped with 950 photovoltaic solar panels that can generate approximately 723,500 kilowatts of electricity annually. This shift to full energy independence will reduce the laboratory’s greenhouse gas emission by 510 metric tonnes every year, which is equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 110 cars.

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TGAC Celebrates The Commissioning Of Two Solar PV Projects

Technical Glass & Aluminum Company L.L.C. (TGAC), a widely recognized company in the Façade industry, celebrates the commissioning by TotalEnergies of two solar photovoltaic rooftops at its UAE facilities. TGAC is operating for more than 30 years and is recognized for providing high-quality products with outstanding customer service. In line with its sustainability strategy, TGAC chose TotalEnergies as its trusted partner to power its manufacturing operations with renewable electricity: In May 2021, TotalEnergies commissioned a 435 kilowatts-peak (kWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop for a TGAC’s façade manufacturing facility. The solar project is expected to produce over 700 megawatt-hours (MWh) in its first year of operation, powering 95% of the factory’s energy needs.

Timken Wins Contract For World’s Largest Solar Plant

The Timken Company, a global industry leader in engineered bearings and power transmission products, is providing high-precision drives for what will be the world’s largest single-site solar power plant. Timken’s solar-tracking technology, developed by its Cone Drive subsidiary, will be used to precisely position solar panels in line with the sun for the Al Dhafra PV2 site in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Al Dhafra facility is expected to become fully operational in 2022. When complete, its 4 million solar panels – controlled by 83,000 Cone Drive high-precision drives – are projected to power as many 160,000 homes across the UAE and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 2.4 million metric tons annually.

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