middle east solar

Solar PV Cost Competitive in Middle East, New Analysis Finds

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).

Petra Solar, Enviromena Launch Solar Energy-Smart Grid Systems Project Alliance at Abu Dhabi’s World Future…

Developer of an innovative distributed solar energy-smart grid system, New Jersey’s Petra Solar has struck up an alliance with Abu Dhabi solar energy project developer Enviromena Power Systems to develop integrated solar energy-smart grid systems across the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region.The announcement was made in Abu Dhabi, where renewable energy industry participants from around the globe are gathered for this week’s World Future Energy Summit.

UAE’s Dubai Launches 1-Gigawatt Solar Power Project

Arabian Gulf Coast countries are beginning to get more serious about investing in clean, renewable energy. The United Arab Emirates’ state of Dubai is investing more than $3 billion dollars to build a solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with a 1-gigawatt planned capacity. An initial 10 megawatts is scheduled to come on-line by the end of 2013.