CEBC MENA Clean Energy Month in Review
April 2019
CEBC launches its annual survey report titled "Clean Energy in MENA: Industry and Workforce Readiness"
The CEBC launched its annual survey report in an official event that took place on 23rd of April, 2019 at the Capital Club, DIFC.

The report surveys the level of preparedness of businesses and people in the region to face megatrends and highlights the large gap between the perceived importance and the perceived preparedness. The report then highlights the main findings of the CEBC MENA survey, which asks about importance (i.e. how relevant is this megatrend to me or my organisation) and readiness (i.e. how ready am I and how ready is my organisation for this megatrend), as well as questions related to capacity development, gender in the workplace, and professional satisfaction.

Download the report [here]
CEBC board of directors visits Enova's new dedicated Energy & Performance space
CEBC board of directors was invited for a tour at the new dedicated Energy & Performance space, 'Hubgrade 4.0'. The board had the opportunity to learn more about Enova's projects and its expansion plan in the region, bringing state of the art technologies to the energy and facilities management sectors. [Read More]
CEBC launched its ESCO annual survey results at Retrofit Tech
The Energy Efficiency working group released a survey in March, 2019 to identify the the challenges and opportunities facing the ESCO companies in the MENA region. The survey covered the expansion and growth plans to other countries in the region, market views, project financing and contracting challenges. The survey results were presented at Retrofit 2019
Download the survey results [here]
CEBC participates at the 8th Annual EmiratesGBC Congress
The CEBC participated at the 8th annual Congress of the Emirates Green Building Council that took place from 1-2 May, 2019 in Dubai. The congress discussed how a circular economy approach within the building and construction sector can support the UAE to decarbonize and achieve the sustainable development goals of Vision 2021.
CEBC partners with with Verve Management on the World HSE Week 2019 Conference
The World HSE Week 2019 Conference took placefrom 7-11 of April, 2019 in Dubai. The conference presented the latest innovations to deal with the increasing number of emerging challenges to maintain HSE standards in the petrochemical, power and energy industry in the region, and presented solutions that will enable this industry to continue its essential operations while maintaining the highest level of HSE standards.
Members News
DEWA, ACWA Power and Silk Road Fund reach financial closing on 950MW 4th phase of Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the consortium led by CEBC board member, ACWA Power, and Silk Road Fund, which is owned by the Chinese Government, announced the financial closing of the 950-megawatt fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world. The solar park will produce 5,000 megawatts by 2030 with investments totalling AED 50 billion. This is a new milestone in promoting the use of clean and renewable energy.
Pearl Initiative, Zubair Sec and IFC collaborate for MSME resilience in Oman
The Pearl Initiative held a workshop in collaboration with CEBC partner member, Zubair SEC, in Muscat, Oman on 24 and 25 April. The workshop was the first in a series scheduled for 2019, and was led by a representative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank Group.
The workshop focused on how micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Oman can benefit by adopting corporate governance practices to ensure enhanced business outcomes.
Enova Launches Dedicated Energy and Performance Space to Enable Middle East’s Smart Facilities Management Market
CEBC board member, Enova, has expanded its Dubai headquarters into two floors and today unveiled a dedicated space for its energy, technical and performance solutions. Accommodating for growth and modernization in this new age of digital omnipresence and customer service prominence, this new space will support the Middle East’s smart facilities management market growth.
Other News
Dubai Reveals Plan for the World’s Largest System
The United Arab Emirates could play host to the world’s largest concentrated solar power facility, also known as CSP. Saudi Arabian firm ACWA Power is the primary team behind a giant facility near Dubai, which plans to harness 700 megawatts through this alternative to photovoltaic panels. When it’s finished in 2030, it’s expected to produce 950 megawatts of power total, with 250 megawatts from PV panels and a further 700 from CSP.
Dewa to build 4,000MW solar plant for Dubai's Museum of the Future
As part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU), Dewa will work in “an advisory role” that will see it providing  solar energy  technology, smart grid integration, energy efficiency, water treatment through renewables, artificial intelligence, and machine learning programmes in energy, water, and related utilities areas.
Research and development activities focused on academia and the industry will also be provided by Dewa, which will deliver “advanced energy and water technologies” for the museum.
Iraq aims for 755 MW of solar in first tender
Iraq's Ministry of Electricity has launched a first-round tender for 755MW of PV capacity by inviting solar companies to participate.
The projects across the five provinces of Babel, Wasit, Karbala, Al-Muthanna and Diwaniyah are expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The Ministry will also provide logistical, technical and legal services for other sites in southern and western Iraq, according to a Ministry statement.
Saudi petro giant plans 300MW solar park, confirms prototype PV cell tests
One of the world’s largest petrochemicals manufacturers, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), is considering a 300MW solar PV project in Yanbu, on the Red Sea coast of western Saudi Arabia.
The Riyadh-based company said in its latest Sustainability Report that it is working on a feasibility study for the solar park that would supply power to the firm's nearby affiliates. It added that its manufacturing affiliates in the Middle Eastern country are working toward the 2019 Saudi Energy Efficiency Program (SEEP) targets. 
Sohar Port, Shell join hands to build solar power plant
Sohar Port and Freezone will allocate 600 hectares of land for solar plants under development, with capacities ranging from 10MW up to 40MV. The pioneering project of 25MW will be focused on providing dedicated supply to Al Tamman Indsil Ferrochrome (ATIFC), and the entire development will create long lasting economic value for the nation and the companies within the freezone.  
Oman To Build First 1MW Of Solar Rooftop
O man based conglomerate, Khimji Ramdas (KR), has announced a strategic partnership with Nafath Renewable Energy, a leading SME in renewable energy sector to design, develop, install and commission solar energy systems in Oman.
The solar plant will feed any excess energy generated back to the grid following the Sahim 2 initiative under the Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER).
EETC links 19 solar plants with 920MW from Benban
The government of Tunisia has unveiled contractors for six 10 MW solar projects in the country’s second solar tender that was launched in August last year. the project contracts were awarded to Abo Wind AG and Bejulo GmbH of Germany, Spanish multinational EPC provider Enerland, France-based VSB Energies Nouvelles, China’s ET Solar, and a consortium formed by Aurora, Suneq and Suntrace. [Read More]

First part of Scatec Solar’s 400 MW solar power plant in Egypt in commercial opera
Scatec Solar and partners have grid connected and reached commercial operation for 65 MW of their 400 MW Benban project in Egypt. The Benban solar power plant is Scatec Solar’s largest project under construction, and the Company is the largest contributor to the 1.5 GW Benban site – the world’s largest solar park . [Read More]

Tunisia unveils contractors for 70 MW solar PV tender
The government of Tunisia has unveiled contractors for six 10 MW solar projects in the country’s
second solar tender that was launched in August last year. The country’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies announced the reports and said the project contracts were awarded to Abo Wind AG and Bejulo GmbH of Germany, Spanish multinational EPC provider Enerland, France-based VSB Energies Nouvelles, China’s ET Solar, and a consortium formed by Aurora, Suneq and Suntrace. [R ead More]

AMEA Power Achieves Financial Close on 50MW Al Husainiyah Solar Park in Jordan
AMEA Power  has reached financial close and will begin the construction of the USD 74 mln Al Husainiyah Power Plant, a 50MW greenfield solar park in Ma’an Governorate (~200 km south of Amman) in Jordan. The commercial operation date is scheduled for Q4 2020 and will supply 42,000 households with affordable clean energy and avoid at least 100,000 tonnes in annual CO2 emissions. [Read More]

EBRD to help Lebanon’s solar plus storage tenders
The nation has plans for two ambitious renewable energy tenders but the procurement process is dragging and Lebanese institutions lack experience in designing such schemes. A solution will be provided by Europe . [Read More]
100 MW floating PV plant approved for Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan government announced plans to  develop a 100 MW floating solar plant in the country ' s Maduru Oya Reservoir. Requiring an area of around 500 acres, it will cover just 4% of the reservoir. [Read More]

70 MW floating solar plant - world's largest - inaugurated in China
State-owned developer CEPEP commissioned a massive 70 MW floating solar PV project   at a former coal-mining area in Anhui Province, China. Split up into 13 solar panel islands on a single water basin, this floating PV system is the world's largest of its kind. [Read More]

Tesla to slash solar panel prices by 19%
Tesla Inc plans to announce on Tuesday that it has started selling solar panels and related equipment for up to 16 percent below the national average price. Tesla aims to cut the prices by standardizing systems and requiring customers order the items online. [Read More]

330 MW solar complex energized in Vietnam
Philippines based AC Energy and Vietnam’s BIM Group have energized 3 solar power plants with 330 MW cumulative capacity in Ninh Thuan province of Vietnam. The 3 projects are located in BIM solar power plant complex as BIM 1, BIM 2 and BIM 3 with 30 MW, 250 MW and 50 MW capacity, respectively. This makes it the largest solar power plant in Southeast Asia at present. [Read More]
Upcoming Events
Upcoming CEBC Events
2nd North Africa Renewable Energy Summit 2019
Taking place in  Casablanca, Morocco during  June 24-25, 2019 and in partnership with CEBC, The  2nd North Africa Renewable Energy Summit will pave a knowledge-sharing platform for you to network with Developers, EPCs, Financers, Suppliers, etc, focusing on Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.

CEBC members can redeem their member discount using the discount code  CEBC15
11th International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition, Guangzhou 2019
As the largest and most influential PV trade shows in South China and the second largest one in China, PV Guangzhou 2019 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CEBC is going to cover a show floor of 40,000 sq.m, with 600 quality exhibitors displaying state-of-the-art PV technology on 16th-18th of August 2019 in Guangzhou, China.

CEBC partner members  can have two nights of free accommodation (at least 4 stars). If interested in the event, please confirm your registration by sending an email to:
CEBC welcomes new members
Partner Members
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms.

Johnson Controls is strongly present in the region in offices across the Middle East and Africa, with nearly 4,000 regional employees and a regional headquarters in Dubai, U.A.E. We have manufacturing in strategic locations in the region in UAE, KSA and Turkey. We also partner with a large number of distribution / channel partners to ensure full regional coverage. Our commitment to the region development and sustainability is showcased in our engagement with key development projects across MEA.

Corporate Members
AMENA is the independent automotive association for Manufacturers, Dealers, Partners, and Professionals within the automotive industry in the Middle East and North Africa. The purpose of AMENA is to enable prosperity and raising industry standards through thought leadership, knowledge sharing, networking opportunities, and market intelligence.

Formed by industry veterans and petrol-heads with deep understanding of the regional market, AMENA covers a wide range of areas. Some of these include:
  • AMENA News featuring ultra current and relevant industry news and analyses.
  • Autofocus Podcast featuring conversations with the industry's C-Suite and the latest disruptors alike.
  • AMENA Insights highlighting best practices, unbiased takes on the industry, and valuable data and market trends on a quarterly basis as well as in special reports.
Associate Members
Headquartered in Dubai, Renault Middle East is the operational division of Renault spanning across 14 countries in the Region: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The remarkable growth of Renault in the Middle East region results from a high quality range of Renault models and competitive pricing. Part of Renault Quality standards, all cars are rigorously tested under Middle East conditions prior to launch to ensure the products meet regional requirements.
Renault as an innovative company has been a pioneer in the Middle East Region being the first to introduce a 100% electric vehicle with Renault Twizy and Zoe.
The sustainable energy market is at a tipping point in the Middle East. Electric Vehicles are here to stay, and battery and solar technology are cheaper, more efficient, and more powerful than ever before. Volt is here to help you be a part of this revolution.
Founded in Dubai by local industry insiders, Volt is leading the charge to bring clean technology to the UAE. We offer consulting services on market entry, investments, and partnerships in the region. We also provide custom installation of EV charging stations and renewable energy solutions. For EV owners, Volt is a one-stop shop for all your supplies and accessories.
Chaac Technologies aims to supply consumers and industries with an abundance of fresh water and hydropower solutions via revolutionary patent-pending AWG technologies to terraform desert landscapes into habitable areas to support life, reduce the global carbon footprint to combat climate change, and to rapidly scale to provide immediate access for those in need with clean water and power to survive. With a mission of deploying revolutionary atmospheric water generative technologies to provide clean energy and water to service omnichannel industrial, agricultural, commercial, and consumer needs across the worl d, the Chaac journey will empower humanity to thrive and flourish with an abundance of renewable energy and fresh water.
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