MENA Clean Energy Month in Review 

'Solar energy will be as ubiquitous as a smartphone' | Dr. Saidi, CEBC Chairman
Clean energy - often derided by cynical, short-termist politicians as an expensive luxury - deserves a bold visionary to trumpet how its natural resources such as sunlight, wind, water, biofuel and geothermal heat can stall climate change and save the world. [Read More]

CEBC Schools Program Annual Competition: Now Open
CEBC's schools program reaches over 40,000 students in Dubai alone. This year, students will create a produce exciting films surrounding clean energy, choosing to either focus on clean energy projects in their daily lives, or develop something new in their homes or at their schools. Winning films will be selected for both a students' choice prize and the grand prize as selected by our judging panel.
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CEBC Member Updates

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurates 200MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
The project reflects a new era in the excellence and leadership of the UAE, as it increases the share of clean and renewable energy. The inauguration coincided with the International Day of Happiness.
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Dubai Solar Schools shares updates 
Dubai Solar Schools will speak at the upcoming International Workshop on Trends in Solar Power Generation and Energy Harvesting . The event will be officially attended by Government Representatives and Speakers from 30 emerging countries. In the occasion, we will deliver a speech about the current status of their DUBAI SOLAR SCHOOLS Initiative.  
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ACWA Power and APICORP Announce a Transaction Concerning a Minority Stake in Shuqaiq IWPP
Under the terms of the agreement, which is subject to the satisfaction of conditions precedent involving certain consents, APICORP shall purchase a 13.33% equity stake in Shuqaiq International Water Company (SIWEC), thereby giving them an 8% effective stake in Shuqaiq IWPP.
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Energie Thermodynamic Solar Panel @ Eco-Villa Masdar City - Abu Dhabi
This 4 Bedroom Villa is an example of sustainable real estate, 45% more energy efficient than modern and complying housing, having received the 4 Pearls by Estidama.

Ashurst advises on financing of 89.1 MW wind farm in Jordan
Ashurst has advised the lenders, The Export Import Bank of Korea (K-EXIM) and the commercial funders, Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited, on the successful closing of the Fujeij wind farm project in Jordan, which reached financial close on 16 December 2016.

New World Bank Program Explores Concentrated Solar Power Potential in Middle East & North Africa
More than 100 senior energy officials from 7 MENA countries have gathered in Ouarzazate, Morocco for the first session of the World Bank Middle East & North Africa Concentrated Solar Power Knowledge & Innovation Program (MENA CSP KIP), a new program designed to support officials exploring the potential of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) as a sustainable source for the region's rising demand for energy.  
ACWA Power expands its portfolio to 8 assets with 1,665MW representing almost 40% of the total installed capacity in Jordan
With the Risha PV IPP, ACWA Power's portfolio in Jordan now expands to eight assets with an aggregate capacity of 1,665 MW representing almost 40% of the total installed capacity of electricity in Jordan, and also reinforcing ACWA Power's position as the largest IPP operator in Jordan.

Eversheds Sutherland and HSF advise on $2.6bn Chinese investments in Abu Dhabi oil venture
Eversheds Sutherland and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have advised two Chinese energy companies on their combined $2.6bn (£2.1bn) investment in a joint venture with state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
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Reports, Publications & Tools
The UAE is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, impacts that are already being felt in the UAE. These impacts are set to increase and may exceed the coping capacities of many sectors. [Download Report]  

Who are the most influential people in MENAT Renewable Energy?
From the earliest days of the energy transition in the MENAT region in 2009, Dii conducted a series of studies and proposed improvement of conditions for renewables and interconnected power grids to local governments and other stakeholders. [Download Report] 

Status and Development of Energy Management Systems
TÜV Rheinland published the 2016 White Paper on Status and Development of Energy Management Systems, which summarizes the practical experiences in energy management on a global scale. [Read More]  

MENA Clean Energy News
In a world economy increasingly defined and influenced by the "mega cities" or specialised cities, urban planning and development is a key driver of competitive advantage. Effective mobility through efficient public transport - one of the main critical success factors in any urban environment - lies at the heart of the city plan.  [Read More] 
The United Arab Emirates forecasts that savings generated by switching half its power needs to clean energy by mid century will outstrip the investment costs. [Read More] 

neXgen Group Launches Vidsys CSIM platform for Smart Cities 
neXgen Group specializes in extending smart city technology solutions as a service to governments, real estate and enterprise customers across the region and has been actively involved in flagship projects such as Smart Dubai and Smart Riyadh, contributing its regional consulting expertise and in-country Smart City managed services. [Read More] 
Symtech Solar offers energy solutions for Omani firms
Symtech Solar Mena said it has been appointed as the exclusive distributor and installer for the Symtech Solar Group in Oman and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. The company will support and install the complete range of Symtech Solar PV systems from their Ghala Industrial Estate base. [Read More] 
EDF joins Dubai solar park Phase Three consortium
EDF Group, an integrated electricity company, said it has joined a consortium led by Abu Dhabi future energy company Masdar which is developing the 800-MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, UAE. [Read More] 

Making Solar Big Enough to Matter
The International Energy Agency has predicted photovoltaic solar could provide up to 16 percent of the world's electricity by midcentury - an enormous increase from the roughly 1 percent that solar generates today.
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Dubai a top destination for Greenfield FDI Projects 
In the Middle East Smart City projects have been incorporated in the city of Masdar (UAE), Lusail (Qatar), and King Abdullah Economic City (Saudi Arabia). Smart buildings in these regions have good prospects because of strong and stable economies and high construction rates. [Read More] 
What the Clean Energy Revolution Means for Yemen 
The push towards cleaner energy began in 2016 when multiple countries agreed to make a major shift toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The oil rich middle east has historically viewed energy resources as a public good. However, over time countries throughout the middle east, including Yemen has proven that a lot of money is being dished out to these energy services.   [Read More]
Farnek secures ESCO accreditation
UAE-based total facilities management company Farnek has been officially accredited as an approved Energy Services Company (ESCO) by Dubai's Regulatory Supervisory Bureau (RSB). [Read More]  

Investments in renewable energy in MEA reach $8.7b
According to a report by EY on Monday, the sector continued to dominate power and utility transactions in the region in 2016 after a period of slow activity.
Industry Events and Conferences

Africa Renewable Energy Leaders Summit
4-5 April
Intercontinental Hotel
Nairobi, Kenya

Innovation Summit
11-12 April
The Atlantis Hotel, Dubai

Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy Investment Forum Riyadh
17-18 April
Four Seasons Hotel
Riyadh, KSA

MENA New Energy Update 2017
25-26 April
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dubai

Oman Energy & Water Expo
1-3 May
Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

GCC Waste Management & Recycling Forum
9-11 May
Dubai, UAE

Solar Rooftop Forum
17 May
Dubai, UAE

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