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Oil-rich Saudi Arabia has plans to become entirely powered by renewable and low carbon forms of energy, an influential member of the kingdom’s royal family has revealed.
The US Government’s development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), is to dedicate a senior staff member for South Africa who will help implement the body’s US-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative (US-ACEF).
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai has launched the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which aims to construct a 13MW solar PV power plant in its first phase. The project was initiated by the Supreme Council of Energy and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority will be managing and executing the solar park.
Saint-Gobain has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with HRH Prince Faisal Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to set up a high-tech company in the solar energy sector in Saudi Arabia.
Flexopower Energies a South Africa based system integrator is using PV modules from ET Solar and a range of rooftop projects in the country. The projects include both residential and commercial rooftops which are expected to be completed this quarter.
Efforts by the Chinese government to provide support to its struggling PV manufacturing sector have surfaced in Kenya, Africa, in the form of a government-approved business. Known for its municipal public works, Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic & Technical Co, Ltd. (CJIC), is planning to build a 50MW solar power project near the country’s northwest-located city of Garissa.
Isofoton recently revealed that as of August 15, it had signed a joint venture agreement with Saudi Arabian company Industrial Systems (INDSYS) for the installation of 300MW of PV plant facilities throughout the Middle East, North Africa and India region. The agreement will see both companies develop and construct the projects, which include installations in Saudi Arabia, a country which aims to install about 14GW of solar PV facilities by 2030.
IBC Solar has upped its corporate social responsibility profile by donating a 14.4kW solar power system to the Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret, Kenya. A total of 120 solar panes and six inverters have been supplied to the orphanage, which house approximately 120 children aged between a few months to 18 years.
Suntech Power Holdings revealed that it plans to donate up t 300kW of its solar panels to the Panzi Hospital in Bukayu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The announcement is part of the company’s participation in the Commitment to Action, a part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The Panzi Hospital has 334 patient beds with specialties in obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry and nutrition.
China Sunergy advised that it had recently shipped 72kW of its multicrystalline solar modules to UK-based Carillion Construction. The solar modules will be used on a trial project for facilities management company, Emrill, which is based in Dubai, UAE. This represents China Sunergy’s first shipment to the UAE.