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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.
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.
Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology are to jointly launch a new R&D centre to support deployment of solar in the emirate.
Ghana has put the brakes on its utility-scale solar market with the West African country establishing a temporary cap of 150MW.
The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 10 that will see both groups partner up in order to improve energy security through PV power.
Pay-as-you go solar systems are to be installed in 100,000 off-grid households in rural Ghana under a programme unveiled today.
Dubai’s state-run utility has confirmed the next 800MW phase of development at the Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park.
Tier-one module manufacturer and project developer SunPower has started work on an 86MW plant in South Africa.
Ghana’s minister for power is to speak at the Solar & Off-Grid Renewables West Africa event in the country’s capital, Accra, next week, organised by PV Tech’s publisher, Solar Media.
The Palestinian Energy Authority (PEA) has signed an agreement with a Palestinian American renewable energy company to provide 30MW of solar power in Gaza, according to local reports.
Six PV projects totalling 415MW have been selected under the fourth round of South Africa’s national renewable energy procurement programme.
South African developer, BioTherm Energy, has become the second company to reveal successful bids for solar projects in the latest round of its home nation’s flagship renewables programme.
Nigeria’s largely peaceful presidential election at the end of March was a victory for democracy. It could also have positive implications for the deployment of solar energy in Africa’s most populous nation and in West Africa as a whole, writes Tom Kenning.
Norwegian firm Scatec Solar has been awarded three projects totalling 258MW under the delayed fourth round of South Africa’s national renewable energy programme.
South Africa’s solar investments stood out in a slow Q1 for renewable investment, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
Dubai-based Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services (ALJ) has acquired Spanish PV project developer Fotowatio Solar Renewable Ventures (FRV) for an undisclosed amount.