Week In MiddleEast: DEWA Adds 700MW Of Energy Production Capacity, Totalling 14,117 MW, With 1,627 MW From Renewable Energy; Somabay And TAQA Arabia Inaugurates A 5MW PV Solar Plant; And More


DEWA Adds 700MW Of Energy Production Capacity, Totalling 14,117 MW, With 1,627 MW From Renewable Energy


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that the total production capacity of energy has reached 14,117 megawatts (MW) after adding 700MW. This includes 600MW from the Hassyan Power Complex, which runs on natural gas, and 100 MW from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels at the 5th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which DEWA is implementing. It is the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030. By adding 100MW from the 900MW fifth phase, the current production capacity of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park has reached 1,627MW using PV panels. DEWA is implementing other projects at the Solar Park with a total of 1,233MW using PV and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP).

Somabay And TAQA Arabia Inaugurates A 5MW PV Solar Plant


Somabay and TAQA Arabia inaugurates a 5MW PV Solar Plant. This plant is owned by TAQA Arabia which is an energy and utility provider in Egypt. The PV station was inaugurated in Abu Soma by the Chairman of Abu Soma Tourism Development Company, Mr Osama Salh, CEO of TAQA Arabia, Ms Pakinam Kafafi, CEO of Abu Soma Tourism Development Company, Mr Ibrahim El-Missiri, and Executive Chairman of TAQA Arabia, Khaled AbuBakr. The companies also signed a new deal for the construction of water treatment & desalination plant to meet the resort’s water needs with the help of solar energy. The agreement was signed in the presence of the Major General, Ihab Raafat, Mr Nabeel al-Amudi, the Red Sea Governor, Olayan Financing Company’s CEO, Ms Deema Abuughazaleh, and other Olayan representatives in Egypt.

Sharjah Research Technology And Innovation Park Forms A New Partnership With Lightyear

Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park), a leading incubator for startups in tech, has formed a new partnership with Lightyear, based in the Netherlands. Lightyear 0, the world’s first-ever solar car, is being developed by Lightyear. This collaboration, which will be Lightyear’s first of its kind, will help SRTI Park in the development of sustainable mobility solutions. To further establish Lightyear’s international presence beyond the Netherlands, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed. It reflects Sharjah’s increasing global importance in enabling sustainable mobility solutions through the Park for development.

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Lebanon Looking For Funds For Renewable Energy Projects Of 375 Megawatts Capacity

Global warming is rising and more and more nations are investing in renewable energy. The portfolio of renewable energy in Lebanon includes 14 projects, totalling 375 megawatts. “There are 11 solar projects with a total of 165 MW and 3 wind farms with a total of 210 MW which have been granted licenses. But financing is proving difficult.” Local banks are not able to finance the IMF program, so funding via international banks is required. We must reform the electricity tariff in order to unlock funding. He spoke at Siemens’ MEA Energy Week. He stated that the government had set a 30% renewable energy production goal by 2030 and that energy subsidies were lifted to allow the private sector to finance these projects. He noted that “it’s up to the market to prioritize the available opportunities.”

Emerge And Miral To Deliver Clean Energy To SeaWorld Abu Dhabi Through Rooftop Solar Power Project

Emerge, a joint venture between the UAE’s Masdar and France’s EDF announced that it has signed an agreement with Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, to deploy on-site solar energy systems at the SeaWorld Abu Dhabi theme park currently under construction on Yas Island. The project, which will have a capacity of 8.2 megawatts (MW), will see rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed at the marine-life mega-development on Yas Island, including the main building. Emerge will provide a full turnkey solution, including design, procurement, and construction, as well as operation and maintenance services. 

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Desert Technologies And AlJomaih & Shell Lubricating Oil Company Limited Inaugurates Photovoltaic Plant

Desert Technologies Investment Company, a leader in renewable energy and a part of Desert Technologies Group, and AlJomaih & Shell Lubricating Oil company Limited (JOSLOC), a part of the AlJomaih Holding Group inaugurated the photovoltaic plant to generate electricity from solar energy of five hundred kilowatts capacity. It is located at AlJomaih, the second industrial city of Riyadh. The event was attended by Mr Mishaalal Al Khalawi, Director, Licensing and Industrial Control Division, and Mr Nayef Al Ghurair, Director, Second Industrial City in Riyadh, Eng. Yamen Alakel, Head of EPC Department, Desert Technologies Investment Company, Mr Saher Hashed, CEO of AlJomaih and Shell Company, and Eng. Hisham Al Tabbaa, General Manager of Supply Chains, along with a number of consulting managers and engineers from both companies.

Jordan Aims To Have 50% Renewable Energy By 2030

Jordan’s Energy Minister said that the country has plans to increase its renewable energy sources by 50% of its total energy mix by 2030. Saleh Al-Kharabsheh stated that the Arab Kingdom will soon enforce new laws governing solar- and wind-energy projects. This is part of a strategy for encouraging investment in this sector and increasing reliance on renewable energy. According to Petra, the law will increase renewable energy projects that have a minimum of one megawatt (MW) and that sales to local markets must not exceed 50%. “We are currently working to enforce this law which was issued by the cabinet…we aim to expand the use of renewable energy in Jordan and increase its share of the total energy mix from around 26% at present to nearly 50% in 2030,” he said.

Al Masaood Power Division Signs A Distribution Agreement With Sunstream International To Spearhead The Future Of Solar Panel Solutions In The GCC

Al Masaood Power Division, leaders and experts in power solutions, has signed a distribution agreement with Sunstream International to spearhead the future of solar panel solutions in the GCC as part of its commitment to fostering the region’s transition to clean and renewable energy sources. The agreement, which was signed on June 7, 2022, is aimed at creating the widest and the most sustainable range of patented containerized, towable, and movable solar stations, which can be used in agriculture, oil & gas, mining, and road construction sectors in the GCC region. The agreement between Al Masaood Power Division and Sunstream International – a French innovation company with a production site in Germany – also intends to generate green and local electricity even in hazardous, remote, and challenging conditions.

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SirajPower Inks 10-Year Deal To Develop Unique, Fully Financed Solar-Diesel Battery Project

SirajPower, the UAE’s leading distributed Solar energy provider, will provide its services to Cleanco Waste Treatment, an Abu Dhabi-based environmental service provider. SirajPower under this agreement will develop a fully-financed 2 MVA solar-diesel battery. Cleanco will benefit from this solution, which combines solar PV, a diesel generator and a battery in a hybrid system. The signing ceremony took place at SirajPower’s office in Dubai Investment Park in the presence of Dr Khalid Khouri, CEO of Cleanco, & Sultan Khouri, CEO of Cleanco, Mohammed Abdulghaffar Hussain, Chairman of SirajPower, and Laurent Longuet, CEO of SirajPower. “As a result, CWT’s currently diesel-powered waste treatment plant will be able to reduce its fuel consumption, operational expenditures, and carbon footprint to ultimately benefit the UAE’s sustainable vision with no upfront investment,” a statement said. 

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