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

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.

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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. Climate Energy solar power

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

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Then head to Algeria this May to meet a high profile group of decision makers and companies targeting the growing Algerian energy sector. Algeria’s leading international renewable energy trade show is organized by the fairtrade Messe and will take place at the Palais des Expositions d’Alger – Safex. According to Algeria’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program some 22,000 MW of power generating capacity will be installed from renewable sources by 2030.

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. 3rd Desertec Deal Signed – Algerian Solar Will Ship to the EU. ” Follow the heading to learn more about Algeria’s ambitious clean energy plans.

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. Each country has made commitments that make sense to them, but Algeria’s ambitions are perhaps the boldest of all. But in order to come clean with that arrangement, Algeria needs to start building.

Arab Israeli Yafa Energy Plans to Solar Power Traditional Industry

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The two-year-old company was previously recognized by the World Bank for developing an essential solar thermal technology to heat steam for industrial processes that currently consume an enormous amount of polluting and unprocessed fuel. Yafa’s business strategy is based on the notion that in much of the world’s industrial-heavy zones, such as Africa and the Middle East, there is an abundance of solar heat and a huge deficit in the use of renewable energy.

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.

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4 Desertec Deals That Make Our Energy Future More Secure

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One of the most progressive organizations of our time founded in 2009, the Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) is slowly turning the Middle East and North African region into a serious solar powerhouse. Desertec Begins: 500 MW Moroccan Solar in 2012. Desertec’s first link in the chain will be a 500 MW solar power project that will begin construction in Morocco at an estimated cost of $US 2.8 Huge MedGrid Joins Giant Solar Desertec Plan.

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

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Torresol – a joint venture between Spain’s SENER and Abu Dhabi’s Masdar, plans to invest up to $5 billion building 6 GW of concentrated solar-thermal power (CSP) projects over the next three years in the deserts of the MENA region, Spain, and the US. The company (‘torre’ is Spanish for tower, and ‘sol’ for sun) says it is optimistic in getting the funding for its ambitious solar project pipeline.

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

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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. More on Masdar City and Solar Power: Abu Dhabi Prince Shames White House by Crowning Roof With Solar Panels. Water-Intensive CSP is Impossible for Desert Solar.

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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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.

Could Israel Join With its Arab Neighbors in Medgrid?

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The Israel-hosted CIGRE conference covered different techniques of transmitting power within, and among, the countries of the Mediterranean basin. Sharing a grid makes it possible to get more power from the same number of renewable energy sources, by taking turns using them, using load swapping.” ” Neighboring regions can reduce individual infrastructural demands by not building duplicative power sources. Only 25% of the power on its grid would be sold to Europe.

Algerians Mould Bricks from Sahara Sand Dunes

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In fact, roughly two thirds of Algeria is made up of sand, according to the authors of a study published in the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering. While not as high tech as Markus Kayser’s solar-powered 3D printer which uses the sun’s power to turn desert sand into three dimensional objects, the Algerian researchers tested their sand bricks 750 times in order to deliver a strong, well-insulated material with superior mechanical resistance that is still affordable.

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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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.

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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$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

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

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In fact, the MENA boast of excellent solar and wind conditions across much of the region. Furthermore an increasingly tight oil market, the Arab Spring , failure to meet power surges and the resulting increases in power outages and efforts to meet regional climate change mitigation targets is making renewable energy an attractive option.

Free Webinar for MENA PV Solar Professionals

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Have you been watching the gradual unfolding of a hot new solar power market in the Middle East and North Africa without really understanding how to get involved? GST to discuss specific challenges and opportunities associated with solar growth in Algeria , Morocco, Saudi Arabia , and elsewhere in the Arab world. Image of solar panels in the desert , Shutterstock. Cleantech, Science & Technology MENA Middle East North Africa photovoltaics PV Insider solar

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Looks Like Desertec & Morocco’s Govt Might Join Hands

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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. Until now, DII’s ambitions have been separate from Morocco’s national solar plan to produce 2GW of solar energy by 2020. The second will be built in either Algeria, Egypt, or Tunisia. Arab Spring May Boost Chance for Desertec Solar Power.

Millions Go Hungry In Syria, Libya and Yemen

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From the very start, the price of food has played an important role in the emerging Arab Spring which has swept across Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria , Jordan , Yemen, Syria and Libya. Arab Spring May Boost Chance for Desertec Solar Power. Humanitarian crises erupt in Libya, Yemen and Syria as the populations revolt against their oppressive leaders.

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Poverty Group Objects to Clean Technology Fund in Morocco

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Big Solar drives a wedge between the need to abate climate change and end poverty, says The World Development Movement. Claiming the the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund is supposed to be used to alleviate poverty, a British group is objecting to the use of World Bank funds in Morocco to deploy a Desertec solar project in Morocco that will export power to Europe. While Abengoa has developed projects like this before, Enel has only 230 MW in solar development.

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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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.

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

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From inspiring solar projects in Israel, Egypt and Algeria to impressive wind farms in Morocco , it seems that the region is beginning to recognise its abundant renewables energy potential. Dubai recently announced that it will invest $3billion in a 1,000 MW solar farm to be completed in 2030. The main reason for the diversification of energy (with renewables) in the region is the increased demand for power generation and falling subsidies.

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

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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. Abengoa, First Solar, Isofoton, BrightSource, Soitec, Kaneka, and Aciona were some of the big players in the solar industry surveyed. They have a real stake in the future of solar in the MENA region, and will be discussing the potential of CSP and PV at MENASOL 2011, which will be held in early May this year in Morocco.

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$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.

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

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took a field trip to Egypt’s first solar-thermal plant 90km south of Cairo! This was the 3rd and final day of the Desertec conference that addressed many of the concerns related to funding, legislating, and monitoring the push to harness North Africa’s endless renewable energy sources ( experts say solar is the future ) and eventually ship part of that energy to Europe. The solar field has a capacity of 150 MW during peak hours.

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

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These experiments make Tesla’s studies and theories much different from the way electricity is created from solar energy is now created from the sun;from either solar powered thermal energy or conversion of sunlight into electricity using photo voltaic cells. There must have been something disturbing about Tesla’s work to American energy tycoons, as ones like JP Morgan locked up Tesla’s most advanced power generator and threw away the key.

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Eating Real Food Can Save The Environment | Green Prophet

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On his way there Jacob sets up camp in… Read more articles » Lifestyle & Culture » First Solar Powered Movie in Israel to be Screened in Tel Aviv Next Week Watching a movie about the environment is one thing. 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?

The Water Behind Middle Eastern Woes | Green Prophet

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Pomegranates and… Read more articles » Religion » Eco Rabbi on Solar Panels and Charity Haaretz reported today that the tender for building a massive solar power plant in the Negev will not be given preference to Israeli companies. Were Tesla’s Solar Innovations “Buried&# by Big Oil?

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Shark Attacks Up 25% Worldwide

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… Read more articles » Lifestyle & Culture » Escaping Middle East Winter Blues for an Eco-Tour in Thailand 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).

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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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Green Gas Station Meets Stringent New Dubai Building Code

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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. Solar Powered ATM Machines in Abu Dhabi Dubai Gets Frozen Air From Europe Browse topics: clean technology , Dubai , recycling , solar power One Response to “Green Gas Station Meets Stringent New Dubai Building Code” Rick D.

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Proposed California Bill Could Be Big for Israel's Innowattech

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The power generated can then power road signs or the grid. Several Israeli solar companies have been building solar plants in California to help generate electricity to power part of the grid. One company, BrightSource Energy is building the largest solar power plant in the world. Upon completion it is expected to power 140,000 homes. Were Tesla’s Solar Innovations “Buried&# by Big Oil?

Grid Parity in the Arab World: Still Far Away

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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. Were Tesla’s Solar Innovations “Buried&# by Big Oil?

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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. Were Tesla’s Solar Innovations “Buried&# by Big Oil?

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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. Other companies receiving licenses this week were Sun Power, Doral, Super Solar and Paz Solar, according to TheMarker (link in Hebrew).

Dubai Gets Frozen Air From Europe

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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. The solar hot water heater units on the roof are made by Kingspan – the pioneering Irish firm that invented the first evacuated tube system: the Thermomax. This makes their solar-powered air conditioning 24/7 – needed in Dubai!

What Holds Israeli Renewable Energy Back?

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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. So a mere 5 MW solar project is an exceedingly unambitious step towards the total 4,000 MW needed, and we are just 9 years from 2020. And that 5 MW solar project (4.9 But military bases are not at all incompatible with solar installations.