Week In MiddleEast: Egypt To Issue An Tender Of A Solar Power Station; SirajPower Inks Second Solar Deal With Al Abbar Group; And More

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Egypt To Issue An Tender Of A Solar Power Station


On 15 August, the Egyptian government will open a tender to construct a solar power station at Sharm El-Sheikh Museum. A news agency was informed by a government source that contracts for the project will be awarded in less than a week. The goal is to have the project operational by November when Sharm El Sheikh hosts the climate summit (COP27). According to the source, the new station will be able to produce 280 kilowatts. Many hotels and tourist villages are racing against the clock to install solar panels in Sharm El-Sheikh before the climate summit. Recently, The development of a 20-MW solar power plant near Hurghada, Egypt’s Pink Coastline, is progressing, according to a newspaper, citing sources from Egypt’s NREA, New and Renewable Vitality Authority.


Masdar Signs Agreement With Tanzania’s TANESCO To Develop 2 GW Renewable Energy Capacity


Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, announced that it has signed an agreement with Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd. (TANESCO) related to the development of renewable energy projects with a total capacity of up to 2 gigawatts (GW). Abdulla Zayed, Head of Business Development & Investment at Masdar and Maharage Chande, Managing Director of TANESCO, signed the Joint Development Agreement (JDA) on the sidelines of the Tanzania Energy Congress in the presence of Hon. January Makamba, Minister for Energy for Tanzania. The JDA envisages the establishment of a co-owned joint venture (JV) company by the two organizations to progress the project development.

DEWA’s R&D Centre Invests In AI & Machine Learning To Improve Performance Of Solar PV Panels

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s R&D Centre employs Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) to promote DEWA’s efforts to enrich the experience of customers, employees, and stakeholders. This also aims to reduce costs and carbon emissions in addition to promoting energy efficiency, smart grid integration and improving the performance of photovoltaic solar panels. Al Tayer noted that the R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park supports innovation in all production and operational areas, becoming a global platform to enhance the operations and services of DEWA’s divisions.

SirajPower Inks Second Solar Deal With Al Abbar Group

As part of Al Abbar Group’s commitment to align with the sustainability ambitions in the UAE, Al Abbar Group has signed a second solar lease agreement with SirajPower, the UAE’s leading distributed solar energy provider in the region. The first solar lease agreement was signed in 2018 and enabled SirajPower to install 3,024 solar PV panels covering 9,100sqm at the Al Abbar facility in Jebel Ali. The new solar lease agreement will allow SirajPower to install solar panels on the roof of the Al Abbar Group factory in DIP2. The second phase of the solar panel installation will help Al Abbar Group further reduce its carbon footprint and contribute toward its goals of becoming more energy efficient and reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

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India-made Integrated Solar Roofing System Gets Dubai Authority Nod

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has approved an integrated solar roofing system made in India as part of its local initiative to make the UAE sustainable and environmentally friendly. Uncle’s Shop Building Material Trading is one of Dubai’s oldest businesses. It was established by the Indian-origin Bhatia families in 1922. They claim that the product will allow for new technology in solar energy. ATUM is an integrated solar roofing system that serves all the functions of a traditional roof whilst generating energy. It is also an aesthetic roofing solution as it is integrated into a roofing cement panel. It can withstand above 200+ kilometre per hour and can withstand hail and snow.

LONGi To Supply Solar Panels To Masdar’s 230 MW Garadagh Solar Plant in Azerbaijan

LONGi and Masdar jointly held a signing ceremony on June 14th in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, for the supply of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules via Masdar’s wholly-owned affiliate Source Trading Company for the 230 megawatts (MW) Garadagh Solar Plant, the first utility-scale solar plant in Azerbaijan. The Project is located nine kilometers northwest of the Alat settlement and will help generate half a billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. The total production would be enough to meet the needs of more than 110,000 houses, reduce emissions by more than 200,000 tons a year and create valuable jobs. The signing ceremony was attended by Jia Chao, President of MEA&CA Region, Global Sales and Marketing Center of LONGi, Gonzalo Bonelo, Middle East Sales Director and Baggio Teng, Head of the New business team.

QEERI Solar Consortium Advances Goal Of Developing Solar Technologies For Desert Conditions

Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), has begun operating a new horizontal single-axis photovoltaic (PV) tracker (HSAT) system capable of providing real-world data to maximise solar energy generation in order to provide real-world data related to hot desert climates. The project is an initiative of the QEERI Solar Consortium, a collaborative research group involving QEERI, KAHRAMAA, and solar companies from across the globe. Using horizontal single-axis tracking (HSAT) technology, the 134-kW system is located at QEERI’s state-of-the-art Outdoor Test Facility (OTF) in Education City, close to its PV Reliability Lab, where the modules will be measured and tested in detail.

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Al Madina Logistics Services Company Becomes First Company In Oman To Register Solar Rooftop PV System

With the addition of small-scale solar projects and wind projects, Oman’s renewable energy sector continues to grow year after year. These projects support Oman’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 7% by 2030. This will also be beneficial to electricity consumers, who wish to see the country shift towards more sustainable energy sources while decreasing dependence on fossil fuels and decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions. Many consumers are installing solar panels directly on their homes to get the best use of renewable energy. This will allow them to reduce GHGs and make the grid less efficient. Scope 2 emissions are emissions that result from electricity consumption and are part of the corporate GHG reporting requirements.

International Holding Company To Acquire 50% Of Share In Kalyon Enerji For AED 1.8 Billion

International Holding Company PJSC, a diversified Abu Dhabi-based conglomerate announces the acquisition of a half-share in the Turkish market leader in clean energy “Kalyon Enerji” through its subsidiary International Energy Holding for AED 1.8 billion. Kalyon Enerji, which is part of the huge Turkish company Kalyon Holding, operates in the Construction, Energy, and Aviation industries. International Energy Holding, IHC’s subsidiary will acquire a 50% share in Kalyon Enerji. This will increase IHC Group’s international growth prospects and give it access to power trading capabilities. The deal also included the photovoltaic plant project with an installed power of 1,347.734 MWp / 1000 MWe in Karapinar Region, Konya. Also, 100 MW Solar Projects in Nigde and 50 MW Solar Project in Gaziantep as well as other renewable projects located in different cities in Turkey.

President El-Sisi Follows Up On Egypt’s Strategy For New And Sustainable Energy

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister, Dr Mostafa Madbouly; Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr Mohamed Shaker; Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Eng. Tarek El Molla; Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr Hala El-Said; and Minister of Finance, Dr Mohamed Maait. The Spokesman for the Presidency said the meeting followed up on the state’s strategy for new and sustainable energy, as well as generating power for national development projects. As to the use of wind energy, the meeting reviewed efforts to increase capabilities generated by wind turbines by relying on ultra-high turbines with high production capacities so as to leverage wind energy in regions characterized by high wind speed nationwide.

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SDME Designs Have Become Sustainable Research Centres In The UAE

Several regions across the UAE are witnessing the implementation of the designs of some of the teams that participated in the first and second Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) to construct sustainable research centres and laboratories. The university teams expressed their happiness at implementing the designs of their homes in several regions in Dubai and abroad, in cooperation with a group of real estate developers and international housing programmes. The teams praised the organisers of the competition for providing opportunities for young people to unleash their creativity, turn their innovative designs into reality, and encourage them to design, build and operate sustainable models of solar-powered homes.

Solar Energy Project Installed At Deir Alla, Jordan

Mustafa Shatti, the mayor of Deir Alla, stated that the solar energy project helped to save JD400,000 annually in annual expenses. This was reflected in the provision of more services to the community, improvement of the infrastructure, and the launch of the development of enterprises. Shatti, who spoke at the meeting with Harjit Sajjan (Canadian International Development Minister) and a delegation from Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Project, noted that the project was successfully implemented with Canadian government funding. Shatti stated that the project created job opportunities for local communities and launched environmental businesses that help improve the eco-situation of the region. Mohammad Ramadan (SEED project director), stressed the importance of partnerships with Jordan’s municipalities. He noted that the Deir Alla municipality has been a leading local authority in this area, and highlighted the project’s activities within the Ajloun governorate and in Deir Alla regional.

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