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Saudi Arabia unveils plans to build 41 GW of solar PV and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants

The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) has issued a white paper outlining its plans to build 41 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) projects by 2032. These projects will represent an estimated investment of over USD 60 billion. As a first step, K.A.CARE will … Continue reading Saudi Arabia unveils plans to build 41 GW of solar PV and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Solar Energy Market Outlook, 2013-2017

The report offers solar energy (PV and Concentrating Solar Power) project details for each market along with country-specific demand forecasts to 2017. The MENA region possesses the greatest technical potential for renewable energy in the world with much of this potential attributed to solar power. This potential is now starting to be more seriously considered, … Continue reading Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Solar Energy Market Outlook, 2013-2017

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Solar power in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Over the last century, economic development in MENA has hinged on the region’s petroleum and natural gas deposits. The region produces more than a third of the world’s petroleum, at roughly 2.5 million barrels of crude oil per day, as well as 55 billion cubic feet per day of dry natural gas, 20% of the … Continue reading Solar power in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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Qatar mulls concentrated solar power (CSP) plants

Qatar is considering setting up concentrated solar power plants, according to top officials at Qatar Petroleum (QP). Every square kilometer of land in Qatar is receiving solar energy equivalent to 1.5m barrels of crude oil in a year. The country also has an average daily sunshine time exceeding 9.5 hours and abundant free land space … Continue reading Qatar mulls concentrated solar power (CSP) plants

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Saudi Arabia: Producing electricity with solar power

Saudi Arabia has reached an important milestone in the development of its solar power industry (planned investment: $109 billion) with the completion this week of a 3.5 megawatt  photovoltaic plant in Riyadh. Located on the grounds of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in the capital city, this is the Kingdom’s biggest … Continue reading Saudi Arabia: Producing electricity with solar power

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Jordan and Masdar agreement confirms belief in Concentrated Solar Power

Jordan has long been mooted as a future concentrated solar power stronghold – and a recent deal with Abu Dhabi based renewable energy company Masdar has verified their confidence in the technology. On 17 January 2013 it was announced on the CSP Today Global Tracker that Masdar signed an agreement with Jordan to secure the … Continue reading Jordan and Masdar agreement confirms belief in Concentrated Solar Power

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) holds 25 GW of renewable energy potential by 2020

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region holds 25 GW of renewable energy potential by 2020, the California-based international business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan estimated in its recently released white paper “The Future for ‘Green’ in the GCC’s Energy Sector”. The report focuses on the potential for renewables and smart grids in the GCC, noting … Continue reading The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) holds 25 GW of renewable energy potential by 2020

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MENA Solar Power Markets to Exceed 3 Gigawatts Annually by 2015

Solar energy demand in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is attracting the attention of the global solar market, as the industry begins to diversify existing demand from feed-in tariff markets with demand from markets that offer fundamental solar drivers such as insolation, grid prices and electricity needs. On the back of these … Continue reading MENA Solar Power Markets to Exceed 3 Gigawatts Annually by 2015

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Promising wind energy outlooks for Brazil, China and the Middle East

The New Year will soon be upon us, and so will the new opportunities for wind power it could hold. With this in mind, Nigel Crowe from PMSS and Lead Session Chair at the EWEA Annual Event from 4-7 February, talks to us about wind power’s emerging markets outside Europe… Where are the three most … Continue reading Promising wind energy outlooks for Brazil, China and the Middle East

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Renewable Energy Transformation Underway In MENA Region

In 2011, additions to renewable energy capacity included 41GW of new wind power capacity, 28GW of PV, 25GW of hydropower, 6GW of biomass, 0.5GW of concentrated solar power (CSP) and 0.1GW of geothermal energy. A renewable energy revolution is underway with rapid deployment of renewable power generation technologies and a corresponding decline in costs, according … Continue reading Renewable Energy Transformation Underway In MENA Region

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New Players in the Middle East Renewable Energy Market

There is vast solar energy potential in the MENA region with 35 of the most successful projects underway being concentrated solar power plants. By 2050, these solar farms could supply up to 15 percent of Europe’s electricity needs and a substantial portion of the power needs of the producer countries with carbon-free power. The United … Continue reading New Players in the Middle East Renewable Energy Market

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