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  • Power-line attack plunges Yemen into darkness
    Jun 11,2014 -

    Yemen remains in a state of total darkness a day after a series of attacks on power lines left the country without electricity.

  • Jordan doubling Middle East PV capacity
    Jul 7, 2014 - Heba Hashem -

    Dependent on foreign imports for nearly all of its energy needs and burdened with the influx of Syrian refugees, Jordan has set out on a multi-pronged mission to end its vulnerability to the volatile fossil fuel market.

  • Kingdom, Egypt to be linked by electric grid
    May 15, 2014 -

    DAMMAM — The blueprint of a project to link the Kingdom and Egypt with an electric power grid is in its final stages and the project may be offered for bidding by early next year, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Water and Electricity Saleh Al-Awaji has said.

  • PV demand in Africa and Middle East set to triple by 2018 - Solarbuzz
    Apr 25, 2014 - Ben Willis -

    PV demand in the Middle East and Africa is set to grow by 50% this year and more than triple by 2018 as countries such as Saudi Arabia begin serious levels of solar deployment.

  • Georgia, Armenia to be linked by high-voltage power line
    Apr 17, 2014 - Nana Kirtzkhalia -

    Georgia and Armenia will be linked by a 500-kilovolt power transmission line.

  • Jordan turns to the sun to meet energy demand - Vahid Fotuhi
    Apr 15, 2014 - Bea Gonzalez -

    The government of Jordan executed the power purchase agreements (PPA) related to the first phase of its direct proposal program involving 200MW of solar power.

  • Sand: CSP energy storage solution of the future?
    Mar 7, 2014 - Heba Hashem -

    Masdar Institute and US Solar Holdings are currently working on two separate projects designed to explore the potential of sand as a thermal energy storage and heat transfer medium for CSP systems. So why is this technology being developed?

  • Renewable Energy in MENA Area to Double Next Year, Desertec Says
    Mar 6, 2014 - Anthony DiPaola -

    Clean-energy assets in the Middle East and North Africa will more than double in capacity by the end of next year, the Dii GmbH industry association said.

  • Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria cooperate for electricity project
    Feb 4, 2014 -

    ISTANBUL, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria will cooperate on electricity project under an agreement concluded last week, according to a statement by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources on Monday.

  • Sign of the times: Saudis go solar
    Published: Feb 14, 2013 -

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia, the world's leading oil producer, has completed its biggest solar power plant as the Persian Gulf petro-powers increasingly turn to solar energy and other renewables.

  • Oman linked to GCC power grid
    Nov 5, 2012 - By AFTAB H.KOLA -

    Muscat: All the three phases of GCC power grid linking all the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have been completed and the grid is successfully in operation, said Dr Ali Al Ghafri, a senior official at the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW).

  • Arab power grid gains momentum
    Oct 24, 2012 - By Saifur RahmanBusiness Editor -

    Project could cost $1.5b and help save the region $10b

  • World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Online In United Arab Emirates
    Apr 2, 2013 - Peter Murray -

    They don’t do ‘small’ in the United Arab Emirates. The world’s thirteenth richest country builds its own islands and boasts the tallest skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which itself is surrounded by enough towering glass-covered skyscrapers to require a fleet of robots to clean them.

  • Jordan Adopts Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariffs--and Shelves Nuclear
    Paul Gipe - Dec 11, 2012 -

    While North American regulators continue debating the merits of feed-in tariffs, another developing country has adopted the policy renowned for rapidly developing renewable energy in the developed world.

  • Green thinking takes root in midst of desert in Doha climate talks
    Dec 6, 2012 - John Vidal -

    One of the great surprises for the 15,000 negotiators and others here in Doha for the climate talks is not the breakneck speed of development in the gas-rich emirate, or the displays of wealth and the giant construction projects, but the possible dawn of reality.

  • Turkey sets renewable energy targets up to 2023
    Mar 8, 2012 -

    Turkey aims to make more use of renewable energy resources by 2023, according to a research of Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.

  • Jordan's Feed-in-Tariff for Renewable Energy is an Arab World First
    Dec 10, 2012 - Tafline Laylin -

    Jordan is the first country in the Arab world to offer its residents an opportunity to earn money through feed-in-tariffs (FITs). The Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) announced last week that citizens of one of the world’s most fuel-deprived nations can sell energy generated with solar panels for 120 fils per kilowatt/hour (kw/h) and wind power for 85 fils per kw/h, The Jordan Times reports. Albeit seemingly insignificant, the move is expected to mitigate the dual problems of excess energy consumption and unfulfilled demand.

  • Arab power grid on track
    Nov. 4, 2011 -

    Plans to connect the entire Arab world through a single power grid are on track to be completed by 2014, a senior official said yesterday.

  • Tajik Power Line To Afghanistan Inaugurated
    Nov. 2, 2011 -

    DUSHANBE -- An electric power line linking a hydroelectric power plant in Tajikistan with the Afghan city of Pul-i-Kumri was formally inaugurated today by officials from both countries, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

  • Jordan's renewable energy resources highlighted
    Oct. 7, 2011 - Rand Dalgamouni -

    AMMAN - Jordan has great potential to achieve energy security if it properly utilises its renewable energy resources, researchers said on Wednesday.

  • Afghanistan rejects Tajik electricity
    Sept. 20, 2011 -

    The next round of negotiations between Tajik and Afghan energy ministries on export of electricity power from Tajikistan to Afghanistan failed. The Afghan side demands guaranties on providing electricity power all the year round. Tajikistan cannot guarantee the export all the year round, as the republic experiences lack of electricity power in autumn and winter.

  • Middle East's Push Toward Renewable Energy Spurred by Rising Oil Prices
    Sept. 20, 2011 - LISA FRIEDMAN -

    There's a revolution sweeping the Middle East that has nothing to do with street uprisings or Twitter protests. It's a clean energy upheaval with international implications that could transform the Arab world from North Africa to the Persian Gulf.

  • OPIC approves $123 million for pair of 20MW PV power plants to be built by T-Solar in Peru
    Jul 20, 2011 - Tom Cheyney -

    The board of the Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC) has approved $123 million in financing for the construction of two 20MW solar power plants in Peru, said to be the first large-scale solar power project in the Latin American country. Along with the involvement of Peru's ProInversion investment promotion agency, the ground-mount-based projects will be developed by T-Solar and use silicon thin-film panels made by the Spanish company with Applied Materials SunFab technology.

  • Soitec, Schneider Electric to promote CPV in Morocco
    Jul 20, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Soitec and Schneider Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) to develop concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) technology in the North African country.

  • Turkey to provide Iraq with electricity
    May 08, 2011 -

    Iraq Ministry of Electricity announced on Thursday that it inked an agreement with Turkey to provide Iraq with electricity during summer 2011 and to increase the share of Euphrates river water arriving to Iraq. The ministry said that in 2012 Iraq will connect its electricity grid with that of turkey.

  • Turkish, Iraqi officials discuss cooperation in power transmission
    May 04, 2011 - Xinhua -

    Turkish and Iraqi energy officials on Tuesday discussed cooperation on building power transmission lines to meet electricity demand in Iraq, local media reported.

  • World Bank partners with Morocco and Egypt on innovative projects that use hybrid concentrated solar power (CSP)
    Apr 16, 2011 -

    (MMD Newswire) -- The World Bank has partnered with Morocco and Egypt on two innovative projects that use a hybrid concentrated solar power (CSP) technology to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions. These projects have demonstrated that it is possible to develop power plants using this new technology in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by delivering clear results. Among them are the avoidance of 20,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually by the plant in Morocco and 40,000 tons of CO2 emissions in Egypt, a reduced dependency on fossil fuels, and job creation within the two countries.

  • Shams Power closes financing on 100MW Shams 1 plant
    Mar 13, 2011 - Chris Witmore -

    Shams Power has closed financing on its 100MW Shams 1 concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates. When completed, Shams 1 will be one of the largest CSP systems in the world, with investment coming from 10 major financial institutions and totalling US$600 million.

  • Jordan to host regional renewable energy commission
    Feb 16, 2011 -

    Amman will soon be home to a regional commission designed to place renewable energy on the agendas of decision makers across the Arab world.

  • Ban-ki Moon urges clean energy revolution
    Feb 12, 2011 - AFP

    ABU DHABI — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on Monday for a clean energy revolution that would make energy available for everyone, at a summit in Abu Dhabi.

  • ADB Studies Investment Project to Increase Turkmen Electricity Supply to Afghanistan
    Feb 3, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News -

    In Ashgabat, representatives of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are considering the partial financial support to the investment project to increase the Turkmen electricity supply to neighboring Afghanistan, an official Turkmen source said on Tuesday.

  • Turkish government approves feed-in tariff
    Feb 02, 2011 - Emma Hughes -

    After months of speculation surrounding the country’s solar feed-in tariff, Turkey has now made photovoltaic power generation subsidy payments law. Under the regulation, payments for renewable energy generation will be determined as dollar cent, as opposed to Euro cent, in Turkish Parliament.

  • Middle East Countries Putting the Sun to Work Overtime
    Dec 28, 2010 - Ramanathan Menon -

    While renewable energy production scenario is improving slowly in many developing nations, more action is now happening in the oil producing countries of the Middle East.

  • Kuwait Ready to Embrace Solar Energy
    Nov 1, 2010 - Kuwait Times - Energy Central

    The government has announced that solar energy has been part of Kuwait's (US) $120 billion development plan.

  • Turkey ready to supply Lebanon with electricity
    Oct 25, 2010 - The Daily Star, Beirut - McClatchy-Tribune

    Turkey showed readiness to provide Lebanon with electricity immediately and supply it with natural gas to operate some of the power stations in 15 months, Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Wednesday.

  • Gulf nations plan to go for renewable energy
    Oct 18, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune

    Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) is trying to set up a Centre of Excellence in Renewable Energy Research in the Gulf region that could meet at least 10 per cent of electricity demands from solar and renewable energy mechanism by 2015-2020.

  • A Benchmark of Progress, Electrical Grid Fails Iraqis
    Sep 28, 2010 - Steven Lee Myers - The New York Times

    Ikbal Ali, a bureaucrat in a beaded head scarf, accompanied by a phalanx of police officers, quickly found what she was out looking for in the summer swelter: electricity thieves. Six black cables stretched from a power pole to a row of auto-repair shops, siphoning what few hours of power Iraq’s straining system provides.

  • Egypt gets World Bank loan for power project
    May 21, 2010 - Xinhua

    Egypt has reached a 220 million U.S. dollars loan agreement with the World Bank for a power transmission project, Egyptian media said Friday.

  • Jordan committed to renewable energy
    Apr 20, 2010 - Taylor Luck - Jordan Times

    Jordan is determined to pursue renewable energy despite difficulties posed by the international market, a top energy official said on Thursday.

  • Israel utility IEC considers low-carbon power alternatives
    Mar 11, 2010 - Power Engineering International

    Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) is considering building a 1200 MW nuclear power plant and a 1000 MW solar array, instead of building a coal fired integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant,

  • Green energy revolution expected in Kingdom
    Mar 9, 2010 - Amjad Parkar - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    Saudi Arabia and the Gulf signalled their intention to kick-start a renewable energy revolution in the region on Monday.

  • Israel, Syria announce nuclear energy ambitions
    Mar 9, 2010 - Angela Charlton - The Associated Press

    Mideast rivals Israel and Syria on Tuesday each announced ambitions to develop nuclear energy, with Israel facing the prospect that its plan could bring new international attention to its secretive nuclear activities.

  • Solar energy initiative launched
    Jan 25, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    The King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) on Sunday launched a major national initiative to produce desalinated water and electricity at a much cheaper rate -- less than a riyal for a cubic meter of water and 30 halalas per kilowatt/hour. Prince Turki bin Saud bin Muhammad, vice president of KACST for research institutes, said the initiative would reduce the cost of water and electricity production by 40 percent. He said the first solar-powered desalination plant with a capacity of 30,000 cubic meters would be established in Al-Khafji to serve 100,000 people.

  • Iran plans new renewable energy plants: minister
    Jan 18, 2010 - Stanley Carvalho - Jason Benham - Reuters

    ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Opec member Iran plans to develop new renewable energy power plants over the next five years with capacity totaling 2,000 megawatts (MW) to meet energy demand, its deputy minister for electricity said on Sunday.

  • "Better Place will spend $1.1b on Israeli electric car project"
    Nov 4, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Better Place will have to invest $1.1 billion over the next six years to buy the batteries and build the battery replacement centers and recharging points for its electric car venture in Israel alone, according to a report by Deutsche Bank on electric cars.

  • Enlight to build new nation-wide solar energy project
    Oct 6, 2009 - Merav Ankori - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd. has won a BOT (build, operate, transfer) project for 25 solar energy installations. Enlight will set up and operate the installations together with investors. The company is in advanced talks to secure financing with one of Israel's big banks, which sources inform "Globes" is Bank Hapoalim (TASE: POLI). The financial closing is due in a few weeks.

  • Israeli scientists generate electricity from road traffic
    Oct 5, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    Israeli scientists have achieved a breakthrough in alternative energy, by generating electricity from road traffic. The technology was developed by Ra'anana-based start up Innowwattech Ltd., and Israel National Roads Company Ltd. and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology participated in the trial.

  • Masdar 10 MV solar PV plant connects to Abu Dhabi power grid
    Jun 5, 2009 - renewable energy

    Abu Dhabi-based solar integrator Enviromena Power Systems has completed the Masdar 10 MW solar power plant, the largest grid-connected solar system in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Enviromena Completes It's First Large Scale Project: Masdar 10MW Solar Plant
    Jun 02, 2009 - Middle East Company News

    Abu Dhabi based solar integrator Enviromena Power Systems (Enviromena) announced the completion of the Masdar 10MW Solar Power Plant, the largest grid connected solar system in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Wind power has potential to generate 31,500MW electricity: Cheema
    Apr 26, 2009 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    Managing Director Energy Management Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) Tahir Bashir Cheema has said that Wind power has potential to generate 31,500 MW electricity in the country.

  • Qatar to build USD 500 m solar power plant
    Mar 23, 2009 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    Qatar is planning to build a major solar energy plant with an aim to generate at least 100 MW of solar power within five years, a news report said today.

  • Abu Dhabi's Green Ambitions: An Emirate Focused on Energy
    Jan 23, 2009 - Marc Gunther

    "You've got one of the oil capitals of the world taking a strong interest in renewable energy," Tony Blair said. "It's quite impressive to see."

  • Gulf Oil States Seeking a Lead in Clean Energy
    Jan 12, 2009 -

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - With one of the highest per capita carbon footprints in the world, these oil-rich emirates would seem an unlikely place for a green revolution.

  • Dubai starts ambitious 1GW PV production plan using Applied’s SunFab technology
    Oct 27, 2008 - Mark Osborne -

    At a two day event held in Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Mr. Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai World (pictured), announced the establishment of a photovoltaics manufacturing company, dubbed Solar Technologies FZE, which will build an operate a 130MW production plant in Dubai’s Technopark. Future plans include establishing manufacturing facilities in China, Mexico and Bulgaria, which will increase the total production capacity to 1GW by 2015.

  • UK troops in huge turbine mission
    Sep 2, 2008 - Alastair Leithead - BBC News - Helmand

    Almost three thousand British troops in southern Afghanistan have successfully transported a huge hydroelectric power turbine through Taleban territory. In one of their biggest operations in Helmand, a convoy of 100 vehicles took five days to move the massive sections of the turbine 180 km (112 miles).

  • German energy giant to bid on Negev solar plant
    Apr 30, 2008 - Lior Baron - Globes - Tel Aviv - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    The tender to build and operate the Negev solar power station at Ashelim is drawing international alternative energy companies to Israel. Sources inform "Globes" that Germany's Solar Millennium AG (XETRA: S2M), one of the world's top three solar energy companies, plans to participate in the $650-700 million tender. Solar Millennium is considering collaborating with some of the Israeli companies already participating in the tender, and recently met representatives of Israel Corp. (TASE: ILCO) to discuss a possible joint bid in the tender.

  • New report out on future energy scenarios in the GCC
    Apr 3, 2008 - BusinessIntelligence Middle East (BI-ME)

    UAE. With initiatives like MASDAR in Abu Dhabi and ENPARK in Dubai, the UAE is set to lead the world in future energy technologies according to a new report titled 'Future Energy Scenarios - Exploring the Energy Challenges and Opportunities in the GCC'.

  • Abu Dhabi and Spanish entities combine to develop concentrating solar projects
    Mar 21, 2008 - Power News

    Spanish engineering group SENER and Abu Dhabi energy company MASDAR have incorporated a new company, Torresol Energy, whose mission will be to develop, build, and operate large concentrated solar power (CSP) plants worldwide.

  • Low-cost Solar Thermal Plants at Heart of Algerian-German Research Push
    Mar 20, 2008 - Jan Burgermeister -

    Vienna, Austria - The development of a new generation of large-scale, low-cost solar thermal power plants is the focus of a joint research agreement signed between Algeria and Germany.

  • Iceland, Abu Dhabi will cooperate in renewable energy: Grimsson
    Jan 22, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    Iceland is a fundamental proof that it is possible within the lifetime of one generation to transform the energy system of our countries, said President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson at the World Forum Energy Summit (WFES) which opened Monday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

  • Energy from the sun gets off the ground: After a long delay, the tender for building the Negev solar power plant will be published
    Jan 3, 2008 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Dalia Tal Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel

    The Ministries of Finance and National Infrastructures will publish the BOT (build, operate, transfer) tender for the Negev solar power plant at Ashelim, after years of delay. This is Israel's first tender for a solar powered plant. Many other countries already have such power stations in operation or under construction.

  • World Bank mulls financing Negev solar project
    Dec 20, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Lior Baron Globes, Tel Aviv

    The World Bank is considering financing the proposed solar energy power station planned to be built in the Negev. A World Bank delegation may visit Israel to meet officials from the Ministries of Finance and National Infrastructures to discuss the project. The World Bank has already expressing its willingness to finance the Red-Dead Sea canal, or "Peace canal", subject to a feasibility study.

  • Iran to open geothermal power plant in 2009
    Dec 18, 2007 - BBC Monitoring

    The head of the country's new energies [institution] has said that the construction project of the geothermal power plant in Meshkinshahr would be completed by the end of next year [21 March 2009].

  • How Africa's desert sun can bring Europe power
    Dec 2, 2007 - The Observer

    A £5bn solar power plan, backed by a Jordanian prince, could provide the EU with a sixth of its electricity needs - and cut carbon emissions
    Europe is considering plans to spend more than £5bn on a string of giant solar power stations along the Mediterranean desert shores of northern Africa and the Middle East.

  • Clean Power from Desert (pdf)
    Nov 26, 2007 - The Club of Rome

    The Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) is an initiative of The Club of Rome, the Hamburg Climate Protection Foundation and the National Energy Research Center of Jordan (NERC) in the field of renewable forms of energy. Since it was founded in 2003, it has developed the DESERTEC Concept for energy, water and climate security in EUrope, the Middle East and North Africa (EU-MENA), promoting cooperation between countries of the sun-belt and the technology belt. Now TREC is making this concept a reality in cooperation with people in politics, industry and the world of finance.

  • Egypt signs contract for solar power plant
    Oct 21, 2007 - BBC Monitoring

    Cairo - Egyptian Electricity and Energy Minister Hasan Yunis attended Sunday [21 October] the signing ceremony of a contract on the implementation of a solar component in the first Egyptian solar power station.

  • Arab countries urge solar future
    Jul 8, 2007 - Vanya Wlaker-Leigh - Times of Malta

    Arab energy ministers and some EU politicians attending a high-level conference in this desert oasis town flanked by the ruins of a vast Roman city, announced support for a revolutionary renewable energy electricity supply system proposed by Germany to link both areas. The Damascus Declaration adopted here on June 24 by them as well as the several hundred participants (scientists, industrialists, civil servants) at the Fourth Middle East and North Africa Renewable Energy Conference (MENAREC4) advocated "large-scale renewable energy systems" which would permit solar electricity to the EU. All nations were invited to set national renewable energy targets, and donors were asked to massively increase related assistance.

  • Saudi Arabia of Renewable Energy' Off Scotland's Coast
    Jun 23, 2007 - The Scotsman

    It has been described as the "greatest untapped source of energy Scotland has ever had", capable of generating enough electricity for every home and business in the country several times over.

  • Iran's First Solar Power Plant to Become Operational in 2010
    Apr 13, 2007 - BBC Monitoring Middle East

    Tehran: Iran's first solar thermal electric power plant will become operational in 2010 in central province of Yazd.

  • Egypt tries Concentrating Solar Power
    Feb 20, 2007 - Derek Sands - ME Times

    CAIRO -- Egypt may soon harness the same physics that a child uses to burn an ant with a magnifying glass, to generate electricity from the sun, a move that reflects the growth of Concentrating Solar Power technology worldwide. Plans to build a 150 megawatt (MW) combined solar- and gas-powered electric plant near Cairo are part of a larger effort by Egypt, and others in the region, to expand their use of renewable energies, including solar, wind, and nuclear power.

  • Gulf to get first solar-power plant
    Feb 18, 2007 -

    AbuDhabi is to build a $350m solar power plant, the first of its kind in the Gulf, according to an investor in the project.

  • A Study: Deserts offer cheap source of energy = 1/3 the price of oil
    Nov 21, 2006 - Asia Wind

    SAHARA sunshine could provide Europe with clean and cheap energy, according to a study for the German government. Experts said solar energy from north Africa could help to reduce emissions from European power stations by 70 per cent by 2050 as well as providing energy at a cost equivalent to a $20 barrel of oil - about a third of the current price.

  • Notice the sunshine in the desert
    Jun 21, 2006 - Sanjay suri
    - IPSnews

    A recent United Nations report suggests that the Sahara desert could capture enough solar energy to eventually supply all of the world's electricity needs. The report also points to some of the threats such as declining water resources which threaten delicate desert ecosystems.

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