CEBC MENA Clean Energy Fortnight in Review
Fortnight ended 20 May 2018
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CEBC signs as a Partner for the Big 5 Solar, Dubai
The CEBC will return as a Partner for this year’s event which takes place from 26-29 November 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Dr. Raed Bkayrat, managing director of CEBC, said: “Solar remains the main stream technology when it comes to climate mitigation and increasing the depth of decarbonisation in the MENA power generation sector."

“We at CEBC fully believe in a holistic view when it comes to energy management and promote the role of solar in all of its applications, this includes solar in the built environment as presented by The Big 5 Solar 2018.”

The Big 5 Solar launch edition was a showcase of solar technology in 2017. This year it will bring those innovations even closer to the built environment with a concentration on solar in construction.
Green Leadership Series
On May 13, Dr. Raed Bkayrat, CEBC Managing Director, took part in the Green Leadership Series run by Dubai Science Park.

Held in Downtown Dubai, the event was a great success, discussing important topics around the green economy and challenges connected to solar power energy with leading experts in the industry.

To view a short video from the day, please click here.

Members News
Blockchain could significantly shape management of renewables, but challenges remain – report
The evolving outlook for project finance, as well as the gradual maturation of technologies, such as blockchain, present new challenges and opportunities for renewables, EY says in its latest Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) report. Uncertainty in the sector continues to drive a “relentless focus on cost” to soften the impact of protectionism, subsidy cuts and rising interest rates throughout the world, it adds. [Read More]
UAE looks to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in renewable sector
The UAE is moving towards potentially creating up to 100,000 jobs in the renewable energy sector by 2030. That is according to Nawal Al Hosany, the UAE’s permanent representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency , which held its 15th council meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Ms Al Hosany said the 2030 figure was based on current estimates. But it was not just about boosting renewable energy but also creating opportunities for young people and other sectors as the UAE seeks to possibly have 30 per cent of all power generation from clean sources by 2030. [Read More]
Innogy IME and Gebel General Trading sign MoU for Manarati Smart City products
Innogy IME and Gebal General Trading, a leading Abu Dhabi based company that designs and delivers recreational areas and street furniture for different municipalities within the UAE, have signed a MoU to use the Manarati products - innogy IME's innovative Smart City technology. The MoU was signed on the 7th of May 2018 by Pierre Samaties, Managing Partner & CEO of innogy IME and Nezar Mansour, Project Director of Gebal in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Social investors see the light on clean energy for the poor
After learning that three babies died in a government hospital in the Sierra Leone city of Bo last November when a power cut switched off machinery keeping them alive, London-based energy adviser Michael Liebreich ( Bloomberg New Energy Finance) decided to act. He set up  Project Bo  to provide a solar electricity and battery system to supply uninterrupted power to the hospital's oxygen devices and baby "warmers". The campaign has so far raised just over three-quarters of the £100,000 ($135,830) it is seeking. [Read More]
Research and Publications
Levers of Change: How Global Trends Impact Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Access to Sustainable Energy
This report from Energia looks at key emerging issues, such as proliferating use of mobile money financing and declining decentralized renewable energy technology costs- and the extent to which women are able to leverage these trends so that they can gain access to electricity, clean cooking and other sustainable energy solutions. [Read More]
The industry created more than 500 000 new jobs globally in 2017, with the total number of people employed in renewables (including large hydropower) surpassing 10 million for the first time.

Collated by IRENA , Renewable Energy and Jobs presents the status of employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. Jobs in the sector (including large hydropower) increased 5.3% in 2017, for a total of 10.3 million people employed worldwide, according to this fifth edition in the series.  [Read More]
We have a large number of research publications and reports available to download in our  Knowledge Centre . If you have anything you would like to add,  please email us!
Latest Renewable Energy Jobs
Project Manager for Solar PV Projects in Dubai, UAE
Yellow Door Energy [Read More]

Programme Officer - Asia and the Pacific
IRENA [Read More]

Senior Associate - Energy - UAE Core Assurance
PriceWaterhouse Coopers  [Read More]
Upcoming Webinar
Tuesday May 22nd, 15:00 GST (Dubai, Muscat)

This webinar looks into how CSH technology is helping industrial players generate heat and steam cleanly. In this webinar you will learn how CSH could become a tool for companies to reduce their carbon footprint, save on fuel and benefit from a green supply chain.

  • Practical case studies – hear how industrial processes are benefitting from CSH already
  • Consider whether solar is a better source of heat than fossil fuels today, considering how companies are currently meeting their heat requirements
  • Understand which industries can benefit from CSH, including chemicals, food and beverage, mining, textiles, oil production, dairy, laundries, wood processing and many more
  • Calculate the payback times for CSH projects today and the expected accumulated fossil fuel displacement over their lifecycle
Upcoming Events
The Big 5 Solar 2018, a premier event for the solar industry, returns for its second year on November 26 - 29, 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre to bring together hundreds of influential decision makers and professionals from local and international brands for 4 days of business and networking opportunities.
Exhibitors will have an exclusive opportunity to showcase solar technologies to dedicated buyers, generate new leads and meet potential business partners. Attend the 4th edition of the Global Solar Leaders' Summit for an interactive learning experience on the latest technologies and trends from industry leaders through lively debates and focus groups. Join free-to-attend onsite CPD-Certified workshops to gain insights on the latest updates and trends from honorable speakers from governments and suppliers.
Join us in building the solar community of tomorrow and secure your stand at The Big 5 Solar 2018 today.
MENA Region Clean Energy News


Abengoa selected as the technological partner in the construction of the world’s largest solar complex in Dubai
The company has been selected by Shanghai Electric Group Co. Ltd. for the design, construction and commissioning of CSP solar technology and solar field of 3 x 200 MW CSP plants equipped with 12 hours molten salt storage. [Read More]

Enova and Mall of the Emirates Unveil Rooftop Solar PV Plant, With Dh1.4 Million Annual Savings
Majid Al Futtaim recently unveiled the first phase of Mall of the Emirates’ solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, set to generate 3 GWh of ‘clean’ energy, saving up to AED 1.4 million on energy costs every year. [Read More]


Bahrain to create $1 billion energy fund
Bahrain plans to raise $1 billion for energy investments in a fund the government calls unique among Gulf Cooperation Council countries. [Read More]


Egypt signs MOU with China's GCL for $2 billion solar panel factory
China’s GCL Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Egypt’s ministry of military production to build a solar panel facility at a cost of up to $2 billion . [Read More]

Egypt, Uganda Sign Energy Agreement
The Egypt Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development signed an agreement to establish a 4MW solar power plant in Uganda. [Read More]


Solar developers predict price slump ahead of giant Saudi project
Installation and operations efficiencies and a shift in risk allocation will reduce Middle East solar prices further in the coming years and local industry buildout will be a challenge, leading PV developers told the MENA New Energy 2018 conference. [Read More]

The case for capital market renewable energy funding
As costs decline, investment in renewables is increasing. According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) report Renewables 2017, renewables presented two-thirds of new generation capacity added to the global grid. [Read More]

MENA Renewables Maintaining Momentum, APICORP
Many energy-importing countries, most notably Morocco, Jordan and the UAE, will continue to accelerate the development of their renewable-energy sectors, while Saudi Arabia issued its first tender after a bit of delay. [Read More]


JinkoSolar Supplies Pv Panels To Jordan’s 103MW Quweira PV Plant
JinkoSolar has been confirmed as the world’s leading solar PV module supplier according to new figures released by leading data and analytics firm GlobalData [Read More]

Fin close achieved on 11-MWp solar-plus-storage project in Jordan
Jordan-based Philadelphia Solar announced on Monday it has reached financial close on a 11-MWp solar project with energy storage in Jordan. [Read More]


Kuwait plans to avail renewable energy services: Minister
The Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Bakheet Al-Rashidi affirmed Sunday plans to avail  renewable energy  technologies. [Read More]


Eastern Morocco’s Concentrated Solar Power Potential Assessed
A new paper published at  Solar Energy  investigates Eastern Morocco’s suitability to host Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) in a multilayered assessment. [Read More]

Oman Seeks Expressions Of Interest (EOI) For Rooftop Solar Panel Installation
Oman’s Authority for Electricity regulation has invited expressions of interest to provide and operate an integrated risk management system to facilitate the installation of rooftop solar panels on residential households across Oman. [Read More]


JinkoSolar Breaks World Record for P-type Monocrystalline Cell Efficiency
JinkoSolar, a global leader in the solar photovoltaic industry, today announced that its P-type monocrystalline cell broke the world record again with efficiency hitting 23.95% during certification. [Read More]

Turning carbon dioxide into rock - forever
Hellisheidi is not just an accomplished provider of green energy. It is also the site for a scientific breakthrough; an experiment to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) and turn it into stone - forever. [Read More]

Water-stressed countries should resort to solar, World Resources Institute says
Water-stressed countries should consider the deployment of solar and wind power plants as a solution for their water supply issues, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI). [Read More]
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