Jumpstarting Solar Power in the MENA Region

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The Middle East and North Africa have faced a number of hurdles in getting what experts believe could be the greatest solar power grid in the world off the ground. From Morocco to Egypt to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), obstacles have continued to stand in the way of creating a grand solar project. The original plan projected a total of 895 MW of power, but with the revision the region now expects to achieve 1.12

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

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We have listed 6 big and small solar-powered projects in the MENA region that have inspired us in the hopes that it will do the same for you. Big or small, solar-powered projects in the Middle East and North Africa are transforming our region. Desertec Begins: 500MW Moroccan Solar in 2012. The idea is to run transmission lines under the Sea so that Europe can receive 15% of its energy from North Africa by 2050. Bedouin Solar Power Activate!

Desertec Nation Algeria to Host Huge Solar Trade Fair from Germany

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Algiers will be the place to be for utility-scale solar developers next May. The German trade fair specialists Messe and their Algerian daughter company in Algiers will hold a solar trade fair at the Palais des Expositions d’Alger from 7 to 10 May, 2012. 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.

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.

Algeria to Invest $20 Billion in Clean Energy

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Algeria sets plans to achieve 40% renewable energy by 2030. Perhaps because it has noted what’s happened in neighboring Morocco ( Could Morocco be First to Get 42% Solar? ) 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.

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. Egypt , Morocco and Tunisia are either in the process of or are planning to build solar plants in their home countries. Once these plants are online, part of the energy they generate will be evacuated to Europe via subsea cables on the Mediterranean sea floor. solar installation sites.

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

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Want to find sunny Middle East solar opportunities? Think short term investments, and that higher risks mean bigger rewards says Belén Gallego who talks about MENASOL 2013 CV and CSP solar opportunities in Dubai this May. A two-day networking and conference in Dubai this May will give equal treatment to both concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) initiatives. Solar is an industry which I think will underpin our economy in the future.

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. Most of it will have to come from solar: there’s only 600 MW of wind potential. And that 5 MW solar project (4.9 What is it that holds Israeli renewable energy back?

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.

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. Desertec Begins: 500 MW Moroccan Solar in 2012. MENA is Fired Up For a Solar Boom.

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

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After watching a sobering documentary about global warming, Hashim Al Sada has devoted his career to developing solar powered solutions for Qatar. Qatari desert camps are often equipped with a variety of electronics, including refrigerators, air-conditioning units (check out these Dead Sea inspired Advantix Systems ), and televisions powered by diesel generators. High-end solar-powered camps. Much of that energy is spent on producing clean water.

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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!) took a field trip to Egypt’s first solar-thermal plant 90km south of Cairo! 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. The solar field has a capacity of 150 MW during peak hours.

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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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MENA Is Fired Up For A Solar Boom

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The Middle East-North Africa region has greater potential for Concentrated Solar Power projects than in another in the world, a new World Bank study finds. If the MENA region plays smart , it could benefit from a huge influx of Concentrated Solar Power projects , according to a new World Bank study. What strategic steps will bring local small and large scale businesses closer to their solar dream? MIT Student Kindles Solar Manufacturing in Egypt.

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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. ” Neighboring regions can reduce individual infrastructural demands by not building duplicative power sources.

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.

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

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The bone-dry plains of the Western Sahara may be no place to plant a garden, but their extreme solar irradiance values render them ideal for solar farming. Morocco has persuaded foreign investors to underwrite a $9 billion solar power project. The five planned solar plants, including two to be located in Western Sahara, would produce 2,000 megawatts annually. Business Acwa Power International Morocco The Polisario Front Western Sahara world bank

SolarPower for Small Portable Solar Grids Virtually Anywhere

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Large solar array plants, like those being installed by companies like BrightSource even ran into problems in the USA when a large project they were involved in was put on hold in California in 2009 when a planned 5,130 acre solar farm in the Mojave Desert ran into protest from environmentalists and Native American groups. Everything is now on track SolarPower rooftop rural power grid. Were Tesla’s Solar Innovations “Buried&# by Big Oil?

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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. A survey of key solar players by CSP Today found that the biggest uncertainty for solar development in the Middle East comes from the current unrest.

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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. As long as Arab governments subsidize the power sector, renewables cannot compete.

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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. And last week the country seemed to take another step backward, as the Finance Ministry froze incentives for large solar plants in Israel. Dalkia, the energy arm of Veolia-Israel, won three of the licenses awarded this week and its total licensed capacity of 30.1

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

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Saudi Arabia has finally noticed it has twenty centuries of solar reserves and has made plans to tap them. The Kingdom has just announced a $109 billion plan to create a solar industry that generates a third of the nation’s electricity by 2032, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. 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.

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

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European companies continue to find interest in photovoltaic (PV) solar projects in Israel. 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.

Did GlassPoint Get the Glass House Idea in the Middle East?

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Susan Kraemer | March 7th, 2011 | Comment | Email this Share In the deserts with the best solar insolation in the world, dust and drought are also the greatest enemy. GlassPoint is pioneering the solution – put the solar in a Glass House – only after an attempted sale in Middle Eastern oil fields. Instead of merely being just another solar CSP company, GlassPoint is now the very first solar company in the world that will make solar power in a greenhouse.

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Were Tesla's Solar Innovations “Buried” by Big Oil? | Green Prophet

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Tesla’s “electromagnetic current&# tower But of all his inventions, what may become the most beneficial are those dealing with creating electricity from magnetic energy wages created by the sun. In very simple laymen’s terms Tesla concluded that the sun itself is a white hot ball of pure energy with a positive electrical charge. Morgan then had Tesla’s Power Generator for broadcasting electricity through the air dismantled.

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Eating Real Food Can Save The Environment | Green Prophet

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Browse topics: activism , food , sustainable food 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? But watching a movie about the environment that is powered with solar power? Were Tesla’s Solar Innovations “Buried&# by Big Oil?

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Wikileaks, Bahrain and Saudi: Concerns over Rising Food Prices Spread

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Irrelevant Combinations blog shows airplane view pictures of raw sewage being dumped… Read more articles » Travel & Nature » Lot Spa Hotel in the Dead Sea Goes Green With Solar Power In the Bible, Lot is well known because his wife (Irit) looked back at Sodom when angels were pulling them out of the city (even though the angels had specifically told her not to look back). Were Tesla’s Solar Innovations “Buried&# by Big Oil?

Shark Attacks Up 25% Worldwide

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More posts on animals and the environment: 8 Exquisite and Endangered Animals of the Middle East Governor Bans Recreational Sports Fishing in Southern Sinai Protection Legislation Endangers Red Sea Sharks :: photo via flickr: USFWS Pacific :: story via MSNBC news: Browse topics: climate , marine life , Sharks Leave a Response RSS click here Most Popular Hijab-Friendly Ensemble From Fashion Conscience THIS Toothbrush Is A Miswak What Holds Israeli Renewable Energy Back?

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The Water Behind Middle Eastern Woes | Green Prophet

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Already, their water poverty is at 200 cubic meters; 1,500 desalination plants along the Gulf and Mediterranean make up for shortfalls, at high costs to energy consumption and ecosystems; Turkey has water, but they don’t care to share. 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?

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Four Steps to a Greener Hajj (part 3)

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3. Waste Less Electricity by going Solar : There is no getting around the fact that in Mecca it is hot but that doesn’t mean that we should rely on electricity from earth-destroying fossil fuels for our A/C. Solar power has taken off in the Middle East as countries finally realise that it can make the most of all that heat to create green electricity and energy. Were Tesla’s Solar Innovations “Buried&# by Big Oil?

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Proposed California Bill Could Be Big for Israel's Innowattech

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Energy Harvesting Journal posted earlier today that California Assemblyman Mike Gatto has proposed a bill that would require the state to use piezoelectric technology on its highways. If the proposed bill is passed, Caltrans, which is in charge of California’s roadways, would be required to use some of its budget to run two pilot projects, one in Northern California and one in Southern California, according to Energy Harvesting Journal.

Green Gas Station Meets Stringent New Dubai Building Code

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Dubai’s first green gas station, that we covered here in January is not a glamorous architectural extravaganza, but it is one of the first new buildings in Dubai to meet its new zero energy building codes. Fully half the electricity used by the new Emirates Hill gas station comes from solar. Dubai’s new building code ultimately makes solar mandatory. It could be a solar-powered charging station for EVs, like the Better Place model.

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Azouri Brothers & Shai Agassi Together Make Tel Aviv A Better Place

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Planned for a spring inauguration, the $51 million eco-tower already incorporates special glass that permits natural light without the sun’s heat and that is partially recycled, reused or locally-sourced building materials, solar paneling, and flooring made from certified wood. And in keeping with energy efficiency goals, LED lighting will be programmed to ebb and flow depending on the time of day. Were Tesla’s Solar Innovations “Buried&# by Big Oil?

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Dubai Gets Frozen Air From Europe

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Three European sustainable energy innovators show how an innovative combination of three technologies can make a sustainable low carbon way to cool buildings in Dubai. The three technologies – solar heated water – supplying a chiller based air conditioner – running cooled water through radiant concrete flooring – add up to climate-friendly cooling. This makes their solar-powered air conditioning 24/7 – needed in Dubai!