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.

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

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The 6th electro, automation & energy event in Algiers is happening May 5 to 8. 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. Image of Algeria sign from Shutterstock.


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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. Business & Politics Climate Energy

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. Once these plants are online, part of the energy they generate will be evacuated to Europe via subsea cables on the Mediterranean sea floor. Each country has made commitments that make sense to them, but Algeria’s ambitions are perhaps the boldest of all. Image credit: Sahara Desert in Algeria , Shutterstock.

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.

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.

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. The steady supply of cheap energy also means that petrol prices in Gulf nations are some of the lowest in the world, with many paying under $0.2 In fact it represents a wasteful use of energy that is driven by energy subsidies. GDP per unit of energy consumed whilst the more energy efficient European Union generates $8.1

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.

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.

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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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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Israel Environment Minister Proposes Cuts to Gaza Electricity to Bridge Shortfalls

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We should all keep an eye on the Levant this summer as it manages a severe energy crisis, because what is currently unfolding on a regional scale is likely to eventually take place internationally as well. Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Territories are all taxed by dwindling energy supplies and rising demand, and each country’s response to this dual challenge is worth noting. Cutting energy next door. Improve energy management first.

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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. Step in for exclusive photographs of this 150 MW Integrated Solar Combined Cycle (ISCC) power plant , which has been feeding energy into the grid since July, 2011. .

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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. Israel and Poland sign agreement on water, energy (Roundup) &# Israel and Poland signed a joint declaration of cooperation on water supply and sustainable energy technology Thursday, as the two countries held a joint cabinet meeting that Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu said would strengthen ties…&# 3.

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.”.

Morocco to Build Cars in Zero Carbon Factory

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Neighbouring Algeria wants to emulate Morocco by holding talks with the French automobile giant to set up a factory in the north African country. These staggering results are achieved through the latest innovative manufacturing processes, the use of renewable energy and the optimization of the water cycle, according to Renault’s website. The few remaining tons of CO2are offset either by buying carbon credits or by generating renewable energy on site.

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.

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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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. Like the oil industry upon which our modern industrial world is built, nuclear does and will play a role in the world’s energy supply. This is what I am asking Jack Shillito, a senior analyst for Nuclear Energy Insider.

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. Starting at 3:25 PM at Herod’s (Laurence Hall), meet Green Prophet at the seminar: The Role of the Media in Promoting Clean Agenda Energy.

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

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This year MENASOL will be attended by a host of such luminaries as Waleed Salman, EVP, Strategy & New Business Development from the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and Obaid Amrane, Board Member from the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy. Has it renewed interest in solar or has it made prospective investors more leery of entering the market now? Although much has been spoken about this potential use for solar energy, very little has been done or trialled in this regard.

4 Desertec Deals That Make Our Energy Future More Secure

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In just six hours, the deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind produces in a year, and Desertec is harnessing it. In the meantime, real people are doing real work to confront the day-to-day challenges of climate change and energy poverty, including the folks at Desertec. Here is a roundup of the first four deals that make our energy future seem significantly more secure.

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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. Possible End of Kyoto at Durban Threatens MENA Renewable Investment.

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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. Energy

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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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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Israel Cleantech Ventures Raising $100 Million for Energy Innovation

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Some of Israel’s more interesting clean energy start ups that we have covered here were helped along the way by the VC funding they got from Israel Cleantech Ventures. By contrast, Israel Cleantech Ventures helped jump-start some of the world’s most interesting clean energy companies. Emefcy has a boot in both camps: it makes clean energy from dirty water in a waste water treatment process.

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.

Leviathan and Solaris Synergy Imagine if the Water for the Shower.

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Israel is taking its turn to be the chair of the EU’s pan-European R&D clean-tech grants machine EUREKA, and a sense of urgency in finding new sources of energy is understandable. Leviathan’s Benkatina turbine makes energy out of the routine movement of any type of water, from waste water to industrial runoff, flowing through gutters and drainage canals between cities and underneath them. Municipal waterways provide a surprisingly consistent source of water energy.

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Israel Approves New Licenses For Mid-Sized Solar Fields.

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As Susan laments in her recent post ( What Holds Israeli Renewable Energy Back? ), Israel has been slow in deploying solar energy at home, despite its pioneering R&D work in this field. However, this week brought sunnier news: On Tuesday, as the 4 th annual Eilot-Eilat Renewable Energy Conference convened in Israel’s southernmost city, Arava Power celebrated the start of construction on Israel’s first solar field, a 4.9

$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.

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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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.

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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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.

Arab Israeli Yafa Energy Plans to Solar Power Traditional Industry

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Yafa Energy could be a bridge over which Arab-Israeli technology finds its way to industries in the Arab world seeking renewable energy solutions. Yafa Energy has become the first Arab-Israeli company to win a prestigious European Union EUREKA (Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) grant. Countries producing cement, glass, beverages and textiles need energy the most, yet have the least access to it. Beautiful sunny energy.

Could Israel Join With its Arab Neighbors in Medgrid?

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Could sharing a transmision grid for renewable energy bring Arabs and Jews together? Invited to speak by the Israeli branch of CIGRE in Israel, Jean Kowal, executive vice president of Medgrid suggested that the road to Middle East peace could be a shared and interconnected electrical grid that facilitates the addition of more green energy. Algeria to Invest $20 Billion in Clean Energy. Business & Politics Energy clean technology Israel Jordan solar power

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

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Rather than dismissing these trappings and the pollution generated to maintain them, the 26 year old Qatari inventor Hashim Al Sada created a clean energy alternative that will allow his fellow Qataris to enjoy these full-luxury “camping&# trips without the attendant environmental destruction. 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.

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Shale gas and fracking lies exposed in Tunisia by local bloggers

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Recent statements from Mohamed Akrout, CEO of ETAP, Ben Rchid Dali, CEO of energy, Zuhair El Khadi, research director at the institute of Strategic Studies and various economist at the Tunisian Institute of Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies all deny the existence of shale gas drilling in Tunisia. Even though these renewable energies have their drawbacks too, the reality of exploitation of shale gas portrays a far grimmer reality for Tunisians.

MENA Is Fired Up For A Solar Boom

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In cooperation with Ernst & Young, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) found that although Spain and United States are currently leading the solar race, the MENA region has the best potential and widest application. Cleantech, Science & Technology concentrated solar power CSP MENA Solar Energy

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Italian Solar Company Finds a Friend in Israel: Enerpoint Acquires.

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For example, we recently reported about the joint venture between the Spanish multinational Soltec Renewable Energies and Shikun & Binui Solaria to build a solar power plant in Timna, not far from Kibbutz Ketura, where the German multinational Siemens (a part owner of Arava Power Company ) is helping to build the first PV field in Israel. We consider collaboration with Friendly Energy as an opportunity to combine forces and capabilities to become a leading player in Israel.

Libyan Revolution Will End Gaddafi's Green Visions

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Read more on Libyan environmental issues: Libya Makes Large Man Made River to Bring Water to a Thirsty Nation Libya’s Pivot Irrigation in the Sahara Proves that Money can do Anything Libyan Oil Clout Now Pushing to Buy a Stake in BP Browse topics: environment , irrigation , Libya , water Leave a Response RSS click here Most Popular Hijab-Friendly Ensemble From Fashion Conscience What Holds Israeli Renewable Energy Back?

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