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- Power-line attack plunges Yemen into darkness
Jun 11,2014 - aljazeera.com
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 - pv-insider.com
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 - saudigazette.com
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-tech.org
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 - trend.az
Georgia and Armenia will be linked by a 500-kilovolt power transmission
- Jordan turns to the sun to meet energy demand - Vahid Fotuhi
Apr 15, 2014 - Bea Gonzalez - pv-insider.com
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 - social.csptoday.com
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 - bloomberg.com
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 - shanghaidaily.com
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 - Upi.com
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 - Zawya.com
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 - Gulfnews.com
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 - Singularityhub.com
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 - wind-works.org
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 - theguardian.com
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 - renewablesbiz.com
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 - greenprophet.com
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 - energycentral.com
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 - rferl.org
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 - jordantimes.com
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 - vestnikkavkaza.net
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 - nytimes.com
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 - pv-tech.org
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 - pv-tech.org
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 - alsumaria.tv
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 - energycentral.com
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 - mmdnewswire.com
(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 - pv-tech.org
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.
to host regional renewable energy commission
Feb 16, 2011 - energycentral.com
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.
Studies Investment Project to Increase Turkmen Electricity Supply to
Feb 3, 2011
- McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - EnergyCentral.com
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 - pv-tech.org
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.
East Countries Putting the Sun to Work Overtime
Dec 28, 2010 - Ramanathan Menon - EnergyPulse.com
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
- 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.
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.
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.
to build new nation-wide solar energy project
Oct 6, 2009 - Merav
Ankori - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
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.
scientists generate electricity from road traffic
Oct 5, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune
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.
10 MV solar PV plant connects to Abu Dhabi power grid
Jun 5, 2009
- renewable energy focus.com
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.
Completes It's First Large Scale Project: Masdar 10MW Solar Plant
02, 2009 - Middle East Company News
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.
power has potential to generate 31,500MW electricity: Cheema
2009 - Asia Pulse Data Source
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
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.
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
Oil States Seeking a Lead in Clean Energy
Jan 12, 2009 - Nytimes.com
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.
starts ambitious 1GW PV production plan using Appliedís SunFab technology
Oct 27, 2008 - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.org
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 Dubaiís Technopark. Future plans include establishing manufacturing facilities
in China, Mexico and Bulgaria, which will increase the total production capacity
to 1GW by 2015.
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).
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.
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'.
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.
Solar Thermal Plants at Heart of Algerian-German Research Push
20, 2008 - Jan Burgermeister - renewableenergyworld.com
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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
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
Power from Desert (pdf)
Nov 26, 2007 - The Club of Rome
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.
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.
countries urge solar future
Jul 8, 2007 - Vanya Wlaker-Leigh - Times
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.
Arabia of Renewable Energy' Off Scotland's Coast
Jun 23, 2007 - The
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.
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.
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.
to get first solar-power plant
Feb 18, 2007 - Aljazeera.net
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 -
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.
the sunshine in the desert
Jun 21, 2006 - Sanjay suri
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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