CEBC MENA Clean Energy Fortnight in Review
Fortnight ended 6 May 2018
Women in Clean Energy Luncheon and New Energy Update
Our Women in Clean Energy Luncheon held at the recent New Energy Update was a great success, with over 80 women participating in the event, from all over the GCC and MENA region.

Participants were able to hear the perspectives of leading women in the clean energy space, as well as network with like minded individuals. We look forward to providing more opportunities for Women in Clean Energy to network in future.

Dr. Raed Bkayrat also participated at New Energy Update, moderating the panel discussion 'Developing a 24-hour Renewable Energy System'.
Have you completed our 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!

Our Recent Workshop at The British University in Dubai
Our intimate and focused workshop took place on the 30th of April 2018, and was attended by a range of students, energy professionals and those interested in a career in the clean energy space.

Discussions took place on the future job market and the predicted skills required to succeed in this market, but also focused on the need for current professionals to make sure they continue to see career growth in the MENA region.

We hope that you enjoyed this free workshop, and look forward to providing further opportunities for you to come and see what the CEBC is all about - as well as progressing your own career.
Members News
International firms compete for electric vehicles’ study
A number of international firms have signaled their desire to compete for a consultancy contract to advise the Authority for Electricity Regulation Oman — the regulator for the power and water industry — on the development of a framework to support the adoption of Electric Vehicles in the Sultanate. In a tweet, the Authority announced that as many as 17 proposals were received from bidders before Monday’s (April 23) deadline for consultancy firms to register their interest. [Read More]
EDF to invest up to €600m in energy storage-focused research
French utility company EDF will look to invest up to €600 million (Dh2.65 billion) in research and development focused on energy storage as it looks to invest around $10bn in the sector by 2035, its chairman and chief executive said. “We’re investing altogether around €600m every year and more and more significant part of that is in storage whether it is for batteries or for energy management systems, utility scale solutions and so on. It’s part of the research and development project," Jean-Bernard Levy said on the sidelines of the opening of a 200 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant that forms part of the third phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, which EDF is building in consortium with Abu Dhabi’s Masdar. [Read More]
1 Million Tons of Carbon Dioxide to be abated by 2030: New target set by Etihad ESCO
More than 1 million Tons of Carbon Dioxide will be abated by 2030 and 1.7 TWh of electricity will be saved by the same year in Dubai – according to the new targets revealed by Dubai’s Etihad Energy Services Company, Etihad ESCO , at the 4th annual RetrofitTech Dubai Summit & Awards. The event highlighted the growing investments being made and projects being established to help save electricity, reduce water consumption and raise awareness on energy efficiency in Dubai. [Read More]
Dubai Adds 200 More Megawatts of Solar Power
Dubai took another step toward completing what it says will be the largest solar park of its kind, inaugurating a 200-megawatt facility with partners Electricite de France SA (EDF) and Abu Dhabi-based renewables company Masdar . The third and latest phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will help Dubai toward its goal of generating 10 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020. The Gulf Arab city-state is already operating the first two phases of the project and has broken ground on a fourth section. [Read More]
Emirates Green Building Council  signs MOU with the Directorate of Public Works
Emirates Green Building Council  has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) in Sharjah. Saeed Al Abbar , EmiratesGBC Chairman said: “Driving a unified ambitious approach towards sustainability across the UAE is a strategic goal of Emirates Green Building Council . At the national level, we are working in alignment with the goals of Vision 2021 and the UAE Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to meet global sustainability targets." [Read More]
Worlds first date factory to run on solar power in Dubai
Abu Dhabi-based  Enviromena , one of the region’s leading clean energy companies, signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to install a 1 megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system to power the  Al Barakah Dates Factory in Dubai. The facility, located in Dubai Industrial Park, will be the first of its kind to run on solar power. [Read More]
Latham & Watkins, in partnership with VentureSouq, has developed the UAE Free Zone Navigator, an innovative online resource to help entrepreneurs, investors, and fast growth companies determine the most appropriate free trade zone when looking to establish a presence in the United Arab Emirates. [Read More]
Research and Publications
Spurred by innovation, increased competition, and policy support in a growing number of countries, renewable energy technologies have achieved massive technological advances and sharp cost reductions. Renewables have come to the forefront of the global energy transition, with nearly every country adopting a renewable energy target. 

This report, prepared jointly by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Energy Agency ( IEA ) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century ( REN21 ), identifies key barriers and highlights policy options to boost renewable energy deployment. [Read More]
Renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster for the world to meet the decarbonisation and climate mitigation goals set out in the Paris Agreement, says  Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050 .

The historic 2015 climate accord seeks, at minimum, to limit average global temperature rise to “well below 2°C” in the present century, compared to pre-industrial levels. As this 2018 report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows, renewable energy and energy efficiency can, in combination, provide over 90% of the necessary energy-related CO2 emission reductions.  [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
Programme Officer - Asia and the Pacific
IRENA [Read More]

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

DEWA launches theS olar Decathlon Middle East 2020
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has launched the official 2020 Solar Decathlon Middle East. [Read More]

Accelerating the Ongoing Energy Transition: The Next 10 Years and Beyond
The UAE is aiming to have some of the world’s cleanest cities, to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 70 per cent in the long term and to reap the net employment benefits of moving at least 50 per cent of its electricity generation out of fossil fuels. [Read More]

Dubai to tender 300MW solar plant by the beginning of 2019
DEWA will tender a 300 megawatt concentrated solar power plant for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park before the first quarter of 2019 as the UAE looks to meet 7 per cent of its power needs from solar by 2020, according to its utilities chief. [Read More]


Public tender issued in Bahrain for 100MW solar power plant
The 100MW solar power plant, planned to be functional in Bahrain by December 2019. [Read More]


NREA to select winning offer for 26 MW Kom Ombo solar plant next month
The New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) is expected to announce next month the winner of the bid to construct the EUR 40 mn 26 MW solar power plant in Kom Ombo. [Read More]


103 MW solar plant comes online in Jordan
The 103 MW Quweira solar PV project – currently the country’s largest – is owned by the Jordanian Government and was funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). [Read More]

Still wondering if the Middle East is serious about solar? Look at Jordan
Jordan inaugurated its largest solar power plant on Thursday, adding another 103 megawatts to its 533MW solar collection. [Read More]

Jordan Plans 30MW Battery To Aid Green Energy
Jordan is pressing ahead with its first electricity storage project to bolster its expansion in solar and wind generation. [Read More]


Power-starved Lebanon urged to think greener
Lebanon has more than 300 sunny days a year, windswept mountains and a chronic undersupply of power. [Read More]


Morocco to start full operation of largest concentrated solar power complex in October
Morocco will fully switch on the Noor Ouarzazate complex in October, said the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy. [Read More]


Oman plans 6 new solar, wind power projects
Adding new momentum to its nascent renewables energy programme, Oman has unveiled plans for six new solar and wind powered projects aimed at delivering a total of around 2,650 megawatts (MW) of renewables based capacity by the year 2024. [Read More]


Palestine issues tender for 35 MW of rooftop solar
Through the tender, the Palestine Investment Fund is aiming to install solar PV systems with an average installed capacity of 70 kW on the roofs of 500 public schools in the state. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia

SoftBank’s Mega Solar Deal in Saudi Arabia Faces a Rocky Future
Announcing the world’s largest PV plant may have created a huge problem for Saudi Arabia’s solar market. [Read More]

MENA Region

Is the Middle East’s Solar Market Breakthrough Finally Happening?
A new joint report examines the shifting tide for fuel subsidies and what it means for solar markets. [Read More]

Middle East to tender 8 GW of PV in 2018, says GTM Research
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are expected to reach a cumulative installed PV capacity of around 22.4 GW by 2023. [Read More]


Wind Growth Powers Ahead
The latest predictions from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) suggest that wind capacity could reach 840GW by 2022, up by 56% from the recorded 539GW at the end of 2017. [Read More]

Women in Clean Energy

Take Five: “The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women”
This UN Women interview with Suhela Khan discusses how women’s access to clean energy and entrepreneurship can be improved in India, which is in the midst of a profound transformation in the energy sector. [Read More]

Meet the women on the front lines of renewable energy
Members of the Clinton Foundation’s Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network share why women play a vital role in the energy sector. [Read More]
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