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A senior engineer at Oman’s regulator for water and electricity has recommended the introduction of a feed-in tariff (FiT) programme to foster residential PV deployment in the Sultanate, local reports have said.
The venture capital investment arm of King Saud University of Saudi Arabia has picked out Solexel, a manufacturer of thin monocrystalline solar as a prospect, contributing to a recently closed funding round for the US company.
A non-profit foundation started up by US installer SolarCity to tackle energy poverty has started accepting public donations for its programmes to put solar-powered lighting in schools.
The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) have announced three new tenders for 500MW of new solar and wind capacity for the West Nile area of the country.
The Saudi Electric Company (SEC) has agreed a deal to build a 50MW solar power plant with a power purchase agreement in place at a rate of 0.1875 Riyals (US$0.049).
Israel-based PV developer Arava Power Company and EDF Energies Nouvelles Israel, a subsidiary of renewables company EDF Energies Nouvelles, have commissioned the 40MW Ketura Solar plant in Israel.
Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, is to begin construction of four PV projects with a combined capacity of 57MW in Jordan.
Ahead of Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya this weekend, Toronto-headquartered SkyPower Global has said that it is set to sign an “historic” agreement with the Kenyan government to develop 1GW of PV.
The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) is exploring the development of 100MW of solar in Zambia.
Construction on a 110MW solar thermal plant in Israel’s Negev Desert is due to begin this month after Spanish firm Abengoa reached financial close on the project.
The 200MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai has achieved financial close.
Mali has joined the race to become home to West Africa’s first utility PV power plant following the signing of an agreement between Norwegian firm Scatec Solar and Mali’s energy ministry and main utility company.
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) — the largest generator of oil and gas in Oman — and solar enhanced oil recovery (EOR) company GlassPoint Solar has announced its mission to develop one of the largest solar plants in the world.
Italian EPC firm Enerray has taken a stake in Saudi Arabian firm Desert Technologies as well as establishing a new joint venture for the MENA region.
PV developer and manufacturer Desert Technologies is looking to capture the early phases of the Saudi Arabian market by expanding its manufacturing capacity in the country.