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Solar PV Cost Competitive in Middle East, New Analysis Finds

February 8th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

Andrew wrote a few weeks ago on Saudi Arabia perhaps becoming the next solar hotspot, and we've written a few pieces recently on big projects or ideas for projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. A new analysis by the Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA) and sponsored by international consultancy firm PwC contends that we may just be getting started with such stories, as solar photovoltaic (PV) power is now "cost competitive" with conventional fossil-fuel-based electricity generation (not even taking into account massive externalities)


Twin Solar Thermal Plants Commence Operation in Spain

February 6th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

Two identical 50-MW solar thermal power plants just went into operation in Spain in January. They, the Valle 1 and Valle 2, are located in San José del Valle in Cadiz (in the South of Spain). They are being operated by Torresol Energy, and the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the two projects, as well as 100% of the technology and engineering, were provided by SENER, which now has 24 solar thermal power plants representing 1,500 MWe of power installed or under construction in Spain, US and India



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