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Considerable Mega Projects Were Installed And Still More Capacities Are To Be Installed In The Near Future: Ashraf Kraidy – Director, RCREEE

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Ashraf Kraidy - Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

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SolarQuarter Africa magazine got an exclusive opportunity to interview Ashraf Kraidy – Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) wherein he gave his views on the North Africa solar market, how RCREEE is supporting the development of the industry, and the challenges being faced by the region.

Please give a brief introduction about yourself to our readers and share your opinion on the Solar Market of North Africa.

My name is Ashraf Kraidy, Planning and Technical Project Director at The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE). I’ve been working in the field of sustainable energy for over 20 years and contributed to the transition towards RE&EE in the Arab region.

Solar Market in the MENA region in general and North Africa region in specific is witnessing dramatic growth in the last five years, energy strategies and plans recognized solar energy as one of the major components in energy mixes, and rules and regulations were adopted to create the enabling environment for solar energy investments.  Considerable mega projects were installed and still more capacities are to be installed in the near future.

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Please tell us how your organization is promoting and supporting the Solar industry in the region. Give a brief about your major success as an organization in the past few years.

RCREEE has promoted and still is promoting sustainable energy policies and investment in the region, we worked with many member states in the design and the adoption of the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) where clear RE targets were recognized including solar energy.

What are the challenges that the sector is facing currently and in your view how can they be tackled?

Moving to new electricity systems that can deal flexibly with variable RE from a technical and institutional point of view, will facilitate the expansion of the solar systems at small, medium, and large scales.

How do you think the growth of the solar sector in the region can be strengthened? 

Improve the enabling environment for investment taking into consideration the cost-effectiveness analysis to guarantee the sustainability of growth.

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Rooftop or Utility-Scale solar Projects: Which sector has more potential and opportunity to grow in the region and why?

Utility-scale is easier from an institutional point of view, some rooftop examples are working under even FiT or Net metering concepts but the potential is still high.

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