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India-based EPC firm Sterling and Wilson plans to construct 300MW solar PV projects in Egypt, having recently set up an international office in Cairo.
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to US-based renewable energy firm NextGen Solawazi to help develop a 60MW PV plant in Shinyanga, in northwestern Tanzania, a country where just 15% of the population has access to electricity.
UK solar developer Hive Energy is to make its first break into the international solar market by opening a new office in Dubai.
Canadian solar developer SkyPower is to double its investment in Kenya’s solar infrastructure to US$4.4 billion after meeting with Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta at a Business Council for International Understanding last week.
Production has begun on Saudi Arabia’s first locally-made solar inverters through a partnership between KACO and local company Advanced Electronics Company (AEC).
PV developer First Solar and its subsidiary renewable energy plant monitoring equipment and power control provider skytron energy have opened an operations centre in Berlin, Germany, to provide remote monitoring, real-time supervision and plant control for PV systems across Europe, Middle East and EMEA region.
The Intersolar Middle East Exhibition and Conference will be held in Dubai from 19 September – 21 September 2016.
Global marine terminal operator DP World has announced plans to launch a major renewable energy project equipped with PV panels in Dubai.
Africa’s largest carport PV system to date has been completed and connected in Nairobi, Kenya, at a newly opened half-billion-dollar flagship business park complex.
Dubai’s Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched the tender for the next 800MW phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Ghana-based pay-as-you-go solar firm PEG has raised GHS13.2 million (US$3.4 million) to expand its presence in the West African country.
PV mounting system provider Schletter announced that it provided its own Schletter Solar Tracker System FS Track-1 trackers for a 55MW PV plant in Israel.
Singapore-based tier-one PV manufacturer REC Solar is teaming with a new business arm of infrastructure investment firm, Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (OTMT), to provide PV systems to residential, commercial and utility-scale projects in Egypt.
Chinese manufacturer Yingli’s European subsidiary has formed a joint venture with renewables developer Namene to focus on PV project opportunities in West Africa.
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.
The World Bank Group has extended its support for solar in Jordan with investment guarantees for 50MW of projects.
Al Jeel Al Hader Trading Company — acting on behalf of Desert Technologies — and Enerray SpA — a subsidiary of the Maccaferri Group — have announced that they have been awarded two 50MW PV projects through the Feed-in-Tariff Program in Egypt.
First Solar has signed an agreement to supply modules for the 200MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.
Egyptian manufacturing company Elsewedy Electric is to start work on a 50MW project in Egypt’s Benban province, the latest in a string of solar deals in the country.
Lekela Power, a 60/40 joint venture between Actis and Mainstream Renewable Power, has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) for a 50MW plant in Aswan, Egypt, and a 50MW wind power plant in the West Gulf of Suez.
SunEdison has won five solar PV projects in South Africa with a combined capacity of 371MW under the country’s fourth bid round of the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement (REIPPP) Programme organised by the Department of Energy (DOE).
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has opened its new headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, which the organisation’s director general has described as a “paragon of sustainability”.
Italy-based renewable energy developer Enel Green Power (EGP) has begun construction of the 82.5MW Pulida solar power plant in Free State Province, South Africa.
A consortium led by ACWA Power, including Spanish engineering and technology company Sener, has achieved financial close of the 200MW NOORo II and 150MW NOORo III concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Morocco.
Four international companies have been awarded 50MW solar PV projects under Jordan’s Round 2 solar PPA tender, with industry bodies hoping the results will help the Middle East solar market take off.
First Solar has published research suggesting its CdTe thin-film modules would offer a higher energy yield than those based on crystalline silicon technology in the hot, arid conditions typical of South Africa.
Abengoa Yield, the yieldco part-owned by Spanish solar developer Abengoa, has acquired 450MW of assets from Abengoa after reporting its Q1 EBITDA to have more than doubled year-on-year to US$105.2 million.
The president of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), Vahid Fotuhi, who was also the organisation’s founder, will step down after more than five years in the job.
Project developer Scatec Solar has boosted its revenue and expanded its project pipeline, according to its first quarter results.
Israeli micro-inverter manufacturer SolarEdge has reported revenue of US$86.4 million in its fiscal third quarter financial results, a 182.7% rise from US$13.6 million in the same quarter last year.
SunEdison will continue to pursue projects in South Africa following its award of an 86MW DC solar project in the fourth round of the country’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Program (REIPPPP).
Horizontal tracking systems provided by IdeemaTec Deutschland GmbH will be utilised by the Jordanian government programme for renewable energies in three projects — totaling 43.5MW.
Ecoppia, a developer of water-free PV solar panel cleaning solutions, has announced that its E4 robotic solar panel cleaning system is now operational on five PV installations in the Middle East — comprising of over 35MW of installed capacity.
The Egyptian government has signed binding memoranda of understanding for solar projects totalling 220MW.
PV developer First Solar and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar have announced a strategic alliance to develop integrated solar technologies for the microgrid for use in remote communities and mine sites.
Access Power MEA, a developer, owner and operator of power assets in the Middle East and Africa, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MERE) in order to develop a 65MW plant.