CEBC MENA Clean Energy Fortnight in Review
Fortnight ended 22 April 2018
Our latest member - Dubai Technology Partners
We would like to welcome our latest CEBC member, Dubai Technology Partners (DTP). DTP’s leading product is  DTP  tNexus , an Aviation operational platform for Airlines, Airports and Ground Handlers who need to solve major operational challenges including aircraft turnaround (PTS), aeronautical data checking and ACDM compliant and want to improve predictability and enhance integration among different systems. [Read More]
Our new staff members - Malakeh and Anne
We are very pleased to intro duce our new staff members, Malakeh El Haj and Anne Mbatia.

Malakeh is the new CEBC Director of Strategy & Operations, and has an extensive background in strategic projects and management. Malakeh will be attending our free upcoming workshop - details included in this email - and would love to meet CEBC Members. Malakeh holds an MBA from the American University of Sharjah.

Anne is an experienced Financial Professional, and is CEBC's new Administration and Finance Manager. She holds extensive knowledge and experience in financial management, and a Masters Degree in Energy Finance from the University of Edinburgh.

Belinda will be continuing with CEBC in a part-time role, as Digital Content Manager.

If you would like to know more about our CEBC team, please visit our website.
Launch of the Dubai Vision Competition
CEBC is proud to be a Media Partner for the Dubai Vision Competition, run in conjunction with the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, ArchItaly Green Energy and the UAE Ministry of Education. This competition will partner up schools in the UAE to work together to build concepts for a more sustainable future.
Our CEBC MENA Clean Energy Survey
In association with our member organizations, we are looking to understand whether the MENA renewable energy sector is ready to support the ambitions of local players and targets set by Governments. We have launched a new and improved survey to gauge your thoughts on this important issue. We would like to  ask you for your input into a 15-minute survey  that will help us to identify and analyse the changes necessary to support the clean energy sector in being successful on an individual, corporate and MENA regional basis.  If you enter your email address, you could be in to win a brunch for two at Dukes Dubai, Palm Jumeriah!

A busy week for CEBC Schools!
This week, we hosted a field trip for around 55 students and teachers to the Sustainable City in Dubai, and held our field trip to the Green Planet for the winners (the Kindergarten Starters) of our Under the Sea Recyclable Waste Competition, sponsored by Imdaad. You can read more about the Sustainable City trip here, and the Green Planet trip here.

This concludes the CEBC Schools programme for 2017/2018 - we will reconvene in September 2018 for more sustainability action!
Upcoming CEBC Events

This free to attend workshop will bring together speakers from a wide range of areas across the clean technology spectrum, including manpower recruiting, policy, project finance and legal. Speakers will share their extensive knowledge and unique perspectives on the shape of the job market. 

Discussion will not only focus on the current job market and skills required to succeed, it will also address the skillsets that new graduates will be required to have for future employers. It will also help new graduates gauge market expectations in the near future, and will address perspectives on the current and future trends in the job market around renewables, energy efficiency and sustainability in general. 

Speakers include:
  • Dr Raed Bkayrat, Managing Director, CEBC
  • Professor Bassam Abu Hijleh, The British University in Dubai
  • Simon Bangs, Partner & Co-founder at Sustainable Recruitment Solutions (SRS)
  • Diala Hawila, Associate Programme Officer at IRENA
  • Diako Makhmalbaf, Manager, EY
  • Udayan Mukherjee, Partner, Dentons
  • Damian Regan, PricewaterhouseCoopers 

This event is free to attend, but you must register in advance. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact  or .
Members News
The Twin Revolutions of Clean Energy & AI will conflate
The speed of transition to a new global energy mix has accelerated in the past decade. A changing global economic geography with a shift towards fast-growing, energy-hungry emerging economies (China specifically) as the main growth engines meant a corresponding increase in energy demand that propelled energy prices upwards. This article by H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi, Chairman of the CEBC and head of Nasser Saidi and Associates, provides his thoughts on the new global energy mix and where the futures of clean energy and artificial intelligence combine. [Read More]
EPC Contract with Shanghai Electric to develop 700 MW DEWA CSP project Signed in China
DEWA and ACWA Power, in collaboration with Shanghai Electric, will undertake the 700 MW CSP project in Dubai, the largest thermo-solar power plant in the world. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) agreement with Shanghai Electric Generation Group (SEGC) for the DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) 700MW CSP project in Dubai was signed at a ceremony in China.
The project is the 4 th  phase of the Mohamed bin Rashid Solar Park, the largest thermo-solar power plant in the world . [Read More]
ENGIE comes on board the Energy Observer
ENGIE has become the principal partner of Energy Observer, the world’s first boat to be powered only by hydrogen and renewable energies, an experimental laboratory focused on energy autonomy. Throughout its journey, ENGIE will provide a series of special reports highlighting innovative energy solutions that reconcile performance and sustainability. [Read More]
Tunisia: $1 Billion Solar and Wind International Tender Launch
On 27 April 2018, the Tunisian Government will launch an international tender for the construction of $1bn of solar and wind renewable projects to be operational in five years. The Government also announced a 200 MW solar power project at Tataouine which will be commissioned as a part of the Desert Development Project announced last month, aiming to develop 5,000 hectares of the Tunisian desert. You can read more on the tenders on the Eversheds Sutherland website.
Research and Publications
IRENA produces comprehensive renewable energy statistics on a range of topics. This publication presents renewable power generation capacity statistics for the last decade (2008-2017) in trilingual tables.

Renewable power generation capacity is measured as the maximum net generating capacity of power plants and other installations that use renewable energy sources to produce electricity. For most countries and technologies, the data reflects the capacity installed and connected at the end of the calendar year. Data has been obtained from a variety of sources, including IRENA’s questionnaire, official national statistics, industry association reports, other reports and news articles.

RES4MED Country Profile - Morocco
From announcing a 52% renewable energy target at COP 21 to launching the first phase of what was at that time the world’s largest CSP plant (580 MW) under Noor Solar Power project in Ouarzazate, Morocco has been making impressive headlines and has positioned itself at the forefront of the renewable energy world. Having no significant conventional energy sources of its own, Morocco is the largest net importer of energy in Africa. 

You can download the full publication here.
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
Programme Officer - Asia and the Pacific
IRENA [Read More]

Senior Associate - Energy - UAE Core Assurance
PriceWaterhouse Coopers  [Read More]

Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth (APSEY)
RECREEE  [Read More]
Upcoming Events
With vast stretches of desert, windy coastlines and some of the highest solar radiation levels in the world, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) is a natural home for renewable energy. In the last decade, the MENA region has started to harness the abundant natural energy resources that it has in plentiful supply - namely, solar power - but also, more recently, it has looked to take advantage of the power of the wind. To augment this movement to "New Energy", MENA New Energy (formerly known as MENASol) was created to facilitate the discussions between Governments looking to add renewable energy to their country's grid and Developers who would build out each project.  MENA New Energy 2018  will be held from the 24th to 25th of April 2018 at the Hyatt Regency, Dubai. 
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

Cabinet approves energy saving project for vulnerable families
The Cabinet on Monday approved financing a project for energy rationalisation for underprivileged families to be covered by the 2018 budget of the Planning and International Cooperation Ministry and disbursed to the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund. [Read More]

GAM to receive biogas electricity-generating engines for Ghabawi landfill megaproject
The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) is scheduled to receive electricity-generating engines that run on biogas later this year as it finalises preparations to produce power by burning methane from the Ghabawi landfill, a municipal official said on Monday. [Read More]

16 companies compete to build 4 solar energy plants in Jordan
Jordan has received 16 technical and financial offers to implement four solar energy power plants with a total capacity of 200 megawatts (MW), the government said on Wednesday. [Read More]

Jordan mulls 35% domestic content requirement for solar
A proposal to make domestic content requirement mandatory for solar PV energy projects is currently being discussed by the Jordanian Parliament. [Read More]


Lebanon issues tender for 300 MW of large-scale solar-plus-storage
Through the new tender, Lebanon’s Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) intends to award the contracts for the construction of three 100 MW solar PV plants combined with large-scale battery systems. [Read More]

Lebanese solar-plus-storage tender could enable private supply of renewables
Lebanon could reconfigure its laws and regulations to allow private sector actors to generate renewable energy for sale to the grid, it emerged as the Middle Eastern country opened up its first solar-plus-storage tender process . [Read More]


EBRD helps Morocco assess its renewable energy injection capacity
The international financial institution is assisting the grid operator of the Northern African country, ONEE, in evaluating the current capacity of its very high voltage (VH) and high voltage (HV) networks to absorb additional power from renewables. [Read More]

Giant Moroccan Solar Park Takes Top Spot in Subdued First Quarter
Developing countries were prominent in clean energy investment in the first three months of 2018, with China once again accounting for more than 40% of the world total, and eye-catching projects reaching financial close in Morocco, Vietnam, Indonesia and Mexico. [Read More]


Oman's ministry patents low cost renewable energy device
Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry recently patented a device that uses water molecules to produce energy, providing a low-cost and accessible source of renewable energy. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia

Solar in Middle East: Enormous Saudi Arabian push could lead to new Middle East energy era
If we covered the entire land surface of the emirate of Dubai with solar panels, it would generate about 200 gigawatts – the same size as Saudi Arabia’s planned solar power venture with Japan’s SoftBank, announced at the end of March. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia to become major solar power exporter under new plan
The project will also reduce solar power production costs and create employment opportunities, with up to 100,000 jobs in solar power schemes alone. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia's first wind project receives four bids
Saudi Arabia’s inaugural 400MW wind project has received four bids with the kingdom likely to award the scheme late June as the world’s largest oil exporter incorporates more renewable into its grid to free up crude for export. [Read More]


Tunisia to launch international tenders for $1bn worth of solar and wind power projects
The Tunisian government is set to launch an international tender for the construction of solar and wind renewable power plants worth $1.03 billion by the end of April 2018, the North African country’s Prime Minister has said . [Read More]


Turkey identifies potential sites for new PV tender, critical details still missing
Turkey has identified a number of regions set to host the next phase of its solar PV deployment, which is expected to comprise mainly large-scale systems. [Read More]

MENA region

Middle East renewables sector to register 24% CAGR by 2025, says GE
The regional renewables sector is set to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 24 per cent by 2025, as countries, including Turkey and Pakistan accelerate capacity deployment to meet looming targets, according to the president and chief executive of the GE Renewable Energy in the Middle East. [Read More]


China becomes a ‘driving power’ for solar energy with $86.5 billion invested last year
The world has invested $2.9 trillion in green energy sources since 2004, according to new research, with China leading the way in recent years with its push towards solar power. [Read More]

World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns
If fossil fuel infrastructure is not rapidly changed, the world will 'lose for ever' the chance to avoid dangerous climate change. [Read More]

Aussie 'pop-up' solar could bring back power when global disasters hit
An Australian ‘pop-up solar’ generator that can be transported in a shipping container and is designed to provide instant power for defence forces in the field is being touted as a solution for disaster relief. [Read More]
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