Meet 22,000 Megawatts of Clean Energy in Algeria this May

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Interested in knowing more about renewable energy opportunities in North Africa and the Arab world? Then head to Algeria this May to meet a high profile group of decision makers and companies targeting the growing Algerian energy sector. In step with the Algerian Government’s “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program” penned in March 2011, meet the Algerian Ministry of Energy and Mines along with market leaders and suppliers from 10 countries already confirmed.

Desertec Nation Algeria to Host Huge Solar Trade Fair from Germany

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As one of three North African desert nations now at the forefront of responsible climate legislation, through its ambitious solar plans and its participation in the visionary Desertec project , Algeria is ideally situated to host the event. The first two DII projects are sited in neighboring Morocco: the first nation ever to be almost half-powered by solar and Egypt which was named last year as among the top nations for renewable investment potential.


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Algeria Solicits Bids for Wind and Solar Plants

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Finally poised to embrace renewable energy generation , little-known Algeria is accepting tender bids from solar and wind energy producers. Each country has made commitments that make sense to them, but Algeria’s ambitions are perhaps the boldest of all. Algeria hopes to produce 650 MW by 2015 and – get this – 22,000MW within another 15 years. But in order to come clean with that arrangement, Algeria needs to start building.

Algeria to Invest $20 Billion in Clean Energy

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Algeria sets plans to achieve 40% renewable energy by 2030. and Egypt ( Egypt in Top 22 Nations for Renewable Investment Potential ) following their progressive renewable energy plans, now Algeria has announced an investment of more than $20 billion in renewable electricity over the next 20 years. What’s more, as a kindom, there is no opposition party to sabotage renewable energy as the Republican party does in the US.

Oil fracking protestors in Algeria rise up against their regime, Total and Shell

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Can the environmental cost outweigh the benefits of energy security now that prices are falling and renewables within reach. Now virgin deserts are at risk in Algeria as people rise up against the regime and companies with big stakes in oil. No multinationals should be allowed to frack in Algeria and we stand in solidarity with the inspiring resistance movement in Algeria.”.

Dubai’s Renewable Energy Conference To Boost Middle East Green Energy Investment

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With more than $20 billion worth of renewable energy projects currently being developed in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the upcoming Mena Renewable Energy conference in Dubai will look at boosting investment in this sector. The Mena Renewable Energy conference , which will take place between the 17 and 19th of September in Dubai, will be an important stepping stone for the development of renewable energy in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

Possible End of Kyoto Accord Threatens MENA Renewable Energy

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With the likely non-renewal of the Kyoto Accord at this week’s last chance international talks in Durban, South Africa, renewable energy project funding throughout the developing world is threatened, which will impact the emerging economies in the MENA region. “It Like many others, Derwent holds out little hope about the state of international talks on renewing Kyoto, and its potential impact on carbon markets and the CDM.

3rd Desertec Deal Signed – Algerian Solar Will Ship to the EU

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Algeria’s state-owned Sonelgaz has just signed the third deal in the MENA region to export desert solar power to Europe, with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate with the European Desertec Initiative (DII) in the export of solar from the country, according to a report at Platts. Algeria’s Sonelgaz is already a pioneer in solar/gas hybrid power in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

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4 Desertec Deals That Make Our Energy Future More Secure

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Desertec signed an agreement to strengthen co-operation with MedGrid, the other most ambitious renewable energy consortiums in the region that has as many as 20 Mediterranean countries studying how to export 5 GW of power to Europe which involves numerous technical, economic and institutional challenges. Algeria ‘s state-owned Sonelgaz signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dii to export solar energy developed their country.

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Huge Success for MENA – CDM Saved in Durban

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This has been one of the most important drivers of renewable energy investment in the MENA region. Algeria, Morocco, and Egypt are among the most rapidly advancing nations in the world in adding renewables through the CDM. Desertec Plans Get Boosts from MENA and EU Renewable Policies. Opening its CDM will enlarge opportunities globally for renewable investment. By 2015, China will be funding renewables to offset emissions under its own cap and trade scheme.

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Subsides Jeopardize Renewable Energy Projects In The Middle East

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Energy subsidies keeping petrol and electricity prices low in the Middle East are jeopardizing the chances of renewable energy projects. However, according to a new report by Carboun , these low prices are negatively impacting energy efficiency in the region and undermining the commercial viability of renewable energy projects. Renewables Can’t Compete With Cheap Energy.

What Holds Israeli Renewable Energy Back?

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Susan Kraemer | February 23rd, 2011 | 11 Comments | Email this Share How is Israel ever going to meet its 10% renewable goal? To get 10% of its power from renewable energy, as it has pledged to do by 2020 – would take only about 4,000 MW of renewable power. What is it that holds Israeli renewable energy back? In the US, Renewable Energy Standards at the state level are the driving force behind renewable development – in blue states.

6 Inspiring Solar-Powered Projects in the Middle East and North Africa

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Not only do they hold promise of slowly improving air quality by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, but they also send the people who live here both an overt and subliminal message: renewable energy is possible and it is cool. The Desertec initiative to establish renewable energy generating plants in North African countries astride the Mediterranean Sea is easily one of the most ambitious and exciting programs in the MENA region.

Has The Middle East Turned A New (Green) Leaf?

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Investment in renewables grew 104 percent in 2010 in the Middle East and North Africa region- is this a step towards a renewables revolution? According to data from the United Nations Environment Programme, new investment in renewables in the Middle East and Africa region grew 104 percent in 2010 to $5billion. But can renewables really break into the Gulf market and challenge the dominance of hydrocarbon-based energy?

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Israel Environment Minister Proposes Cuts to Gaza Electricity to Bridge Shortfalls

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Egypt cut off its supply of natural gas to Israel , Jordan is working furiously to get oil shale plants online , foreign aid organizations have been supplying renewables to the West Bank and Gaza and most recently, Israel’s Environmental Minister proposed a plan to cut off Israel’s electricity supply to Gaza in order to prevent shortfalls in their own energy supply.

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Siemens Exits Desertec and China Wants to Enter

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But that doesn’t seem to have deterred the strength of the initiative, which is designed to enable Europe to import one fifth of its power by 2050 from renewable energy plants scattered across Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and other North African and Middle Eastern countries, as firms in China and other countries make moves to get involved. ” Cleantech, Science & Technology clean tech Desertec North Africa renewable energy Solar Energy wind energy

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Looks Like Desertec & Morocco’s Govt Might Join Hands

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The Moroccan government may lean on Desertec to meet its renewable energy commitments. The Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) to help enable exports of Morocco’s vast renewable energy reserves to Europe. The Desertec initiative is designed to develop North Africa’s latent renewable energy potential in part to secure Europe’s cleaner energy future.

Exclusive Pics: Kuraymat – Egypt’s First Solar-Thermal Plant

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Renewable Energy professionals from Europe and Egypt (and Green Prophet!) Brimming with the kind of energy that infuses a school field trip, roughly 80 professionals from the renewable energy industry packed into two large buses outside the Semiramis International Hotel in Cairo last Friday. Cleantech, Science & Technology cleantech desert Desertec natural gas renewable energy Solar Energy solar plant

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Jumpstarting Solar Power in the MENA Region

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billion to Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco that would enable the go-ahead to create “an unprecedented 1,120 megawatts (MW) of energy from Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) for the region.” We can all look to this revised plan as both a signal of hope for the forward economic and social movement in the region built on renewable energy, and a more realistic blueprint for the evolution of renewables as a potent engine of power globally.”.

Israel Cleantech Intelligence: Renewable Energy and 6 Headlines

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During the past week, the Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Conference took place in Israel and several companies struck deals and agreements were signed. Browse topics: Akron , Chicago , Israel Cleantech Ventures , Jerusalem , Poland , renewable energy , water Leave a Response RSS click here Most Popular Hijab-Friendly Ensemble From Fashion Conscience THIS Toothbrush Is A Miswak Proposed Israeli Law to Reduce Organic Micro-Pollutants What Holds Israeli Renewable Energy Back?

Meet A Few Green Prophets At Energy Conference, Eilat

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At least three Green Prophets will be at the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference tomorrow in Eilat, Israel. Meet us there to listen and network afterward. :: Eilat Browse topics: clean tech , Eilat , green tech , Israel , renewable energy , start-ups Leave a Response RSS click here Most Popular Hijab-Friendly Ensemble From Fashion Conscience What Holds Israeli Renewable Energy Back?

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5 Things Wikipedia Won’t Tell You About Tunisia

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Until the Jasmine Revolution last year, nobody ever thought about Tunisia; yet despite decades of autocratic rule, this little nation wedged between Algeria and Morocco is quietly becoming one of the most advanced in all of Africa. Not only does Tunisia boast one of the most ambitious renewable energy programs in the MENA region , but the women are politically active, and its youth are pushing all kinds of cultural and social boundaries while retaining their rich and diverse heritage.

MENASOL in Dubai is for Middle East CV and CSP Solar Energy

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Has it renewed interest in solar or has it made prospective investors more leery of entering the market now? Morocco, UAE, Jordan, Tunisia and Algeria are the countries that come up repeatedly, although the potential in the Gulf region is very high, especially for solar PV technology. Business & Politics Cleantech, Science & Technology clean tech conference Dubai MENASOL renewable energy solar powerWant to find sunny Middle East solar opportunities?

13 Arab Nations Get Energy Future Mapped in Helpful New Report

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There is a new report out underscoring the amount of renewable energy being developed in the Arab world with Morocco, Jordan and Egypt coming out as the big winners in the region. The report released by the RCEEE (Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) in Cairo documents that there are currently 1.55 GW of large-scale renewable energy projects combined in the Arab world. Libya demonstrates strong commitment for pursuit of renewable energy.

An Energy Insider for Nuclear Newcomers in the Middle East

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Nuclear energy is a low carbon power source, but whether or not it should be considered a renewable energy source is long debated and fought over –- even in the Middle East where the industry is nascent. Saudi Arabia is the second most advanced “nuclear” nation in the Middle East: KA CARE – King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy – is being established as part of a huge city with solar farms and nuclear energy power plants. “It

Climate Investment Funds for Super Solar North Africa

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billion Climate Investment Fund (CIF) under a newly revised plan to construct solar plants and provide assistance that will facilitate easier uptake of further renewable generation in the future. Revised since the Arab Spring has created new economic priorities and political realities in the region, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia will generate 1,120 megawatts (MW) of concentrated solar power (CSP) under the plan, which was originally approved by CIF in 2009.

Shale gas “fracking” in the Sahara is worse for water

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As shown by the recent waves of protests that spread from the southern region of Algeria to the rest of the country as the government announced the beginning of shale gas extraction, a very new threat is set to destabilize the Saharan region. Tunisia is already a water stressed country with per capita renewable water availability of 486 m³—well below the average of 1200 m³/capita for the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) region. This is also true for Algeria and Libya.

Ticks bite back humans for warming the planet

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Rickettsia conorii, a variant of the disease, is responsible for Mediterranean spotted fever in the Middle East and parts of Africa and Europe, including in Tunisia, Libya, Israel, Sardinia-Italy, Portugal and Algeria. Switch to renewables and solar power in your home/work.

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$9 billion in 2,000 MW solar investment streams into Morocco

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Since 1979, the Algeria-backed Polisario has been recognized by the United Nations as the representative of the people of Western Sahara. Morocco, a net energy importer, aims to develop renewable power to grow from 8% to 20% of its total energy mix the next decade. The financing is not conditioned on whether plants are in Sahara or not,” the minister said, “Western Sahara needs renewable energy, and the investment will be made.

Meet the man who cooks with the sun

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If you’re willing, you can see it as an opportunity, a mutual interest, or a proposition for using a renewable regional source of energy for the greater good. in chemistry in Algeria in 1985 and an M.Sc He is an expert on sustainable energy using renewable resources, such as solar energy. Here’s a story about ingenuity and creativity. About a man who uses a solar cooker to prepare meals.

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Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Cities Face 100-Year Floods

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Think “Mediterranean” and most Westerners conjure up Monte Carlo or Mykonos, Cannes or Nice, often overlooking the southern coastline cities that lie in Turkey , Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel , Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Experts joined together to devise ways to reduce man-made wastes, switch fossil-fuel based economies to ones based on renewable energy, and introduce sustainable development in the poorest coastal areas.

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How Genuine Is the Arab World About the Environment?

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Can we believe new renewable energy goals? Over the past three years, we have read about many ambitious renewable energy plans or projects coming from the Arab world. Just how genuine are the intentions and motivations of Arab states to commit to renewable energy and deliver on set targets is now questionable.

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Jerusalem, 3/29: Ted-Inspired Environmental Peacemaking

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In focus will be environmental cooperation among Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy, environmental education and research, and the connection between the environment and peace.

Grid Parity in the Arab World: Still Far Away

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How can this reality compete with the use of renewables? Grid parity, the point when the cost of power generated from renewable energy resources become equal or cheaper than conventional power costs, is around the corner for many countries. In the Arab world however, the gap between fossil-based and renewable generated power is wider than anywhere. In 2006, Abu Dhabi initiated a commitment to sustainability and embraced renewable and sustainable energy solutions.

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Masdar and Siemens Team Up to Develop Sand-Resistant Solar Panels

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We will have co-investment, co-research, co-deployment and investment in Scottish renewables, Scottish companies will have opportunities here in Abu Dhabi,” Salmond told BBC’s Scotland’s Good Morning Program. Solar panels at the Kuraymat CSP planet in Egypt require precious water resources to stay clean but Masdar & Siemens aim to change that. When coated with layers of dust, solar panels lose their energy-absorbing efficiency and require a regular cleaning schedule.

Inspiring Qatari Man Designs Solar Generator For High-End Desert Camps

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His 60 kw prototype that can be mounted on the tents’ roofs is lighweight, cheap, and compact, according to, and has been tested in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Libya. A wonderful role model, the inventor told Trust: “My main emphasis is on teaching them to do things themselves, and to tell them about renewable energy and recycling,” adding that “We often talk about global warming and climate change and they teach me many new things as well.

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Poverty Group Objects to Clean Technology Fund in Morocco

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MASEN intends to develop four 500 MW solar projects by 2020, which would allow it to source nearly half of its electricity from renewables, as well as become a net exporter of energy to Europe thanks to its interconnector stretching to Spain. In anticipation of becoming a renewables powerhouse, Morocco doubled the capacity of the interconnector to 400MW in 2007. Big Solar drives a wedge between the need to abate climate change and end poverty, says The World Development Movement.

Saudi Acts as Oil Cheerleader at COP 17 Circus

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Rich, polluting countries unwilling to sacrifice their high-flying lifestyles are threatening to abandon the Kyoto Protocol, which in part jeopardizes the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) that helps MENA countries advance renewable energy projects such as Morocco’s 500 MW solar plant expected to break ground next year. Other OPEC countries in the region that are less well-off include Iran, Iraq, Algeria and Libya.

$109 Billion Solar Plan to Power a Third of Saudi Arabia

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Maher al- Odan, a consultant at the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) announced a plan to have 41 GW of solar capacity within two decades. This is a very serious move by a country well able to afford this kind of investment, that till recently has lagged the rest of the MENA region in renewables trailing Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates.

What is the Future of MENA Solar With the Region in Chaos?

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A group of over 22 government officials representing Egypt and other Middle Eastern and North African nations has been convened to provide some clarity in a round-table discussion on what the future will bring for renewable energy – now that dictators are toppling. Never mind that the riots are for a good reason, and that renewable energy and sustainable development will solve or help mitigate many of the problems that caused the current mess. (

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Abu Dhabi’s Torresol $5 Billion Solar Plans Include US

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The first of the Desertec solar projects all use CSP, in Morocc o, and in Algeria , and just today – in Tunisia. So, because energy storage is an increasingly vital aspect of renewable power, as we add more of it, the lifetime utility of a CSP plant is actually better, even with a lower cost initially to build a solar PV project.

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Shale gas and fracking lies exposed in Tunisia by local bloggers

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Arguments which state that Tunisia will benefit from shale extraction because it will become energetically independent (Tunisia currently imports expensive gas from Algeria for electricity production) forget that energy self-sufficiency can be garnered through a mix of solar energy, tides, geothermal, bio-oil and wind – resources which Tunisia has plenty of.

Can there be more Masdar eco-cities in the Middle East?

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Ostensibly realizing that solar and other renewables make economic sense, both Saudi Arabia and Qatar are pursuing ambitious plans to wean their own population off oil in order to ensure long term export earnings. But what about Tunisia, or Algeria, or Jordan? Can there be more Masdars? Can this experimental eco-city be replicated in other Middle Eastern or North African countries that don’t have Abu Dhabi’s immense oil wealth?

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