MENA Clean Energy Month in Review 

Roundup by the GM
Dear Members and Colleagues 

This month Dubai Electricity and Water Authority signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Abu Dubai Future Energy Company Masdar, for the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Abu Dhabi Distribution Company announced new power and water tariffs, with bills set to rise at the start of next year, and the emirate's Regulation and Supervision Bureau plans to roll out a set of regulations governing small-scale PV energy netting.

In Saudi Arabia a Cabinet statement announced plans to establish a national programme to optimize water and energy consumption, further moves in areas where the government is seeking to cut back subsidies.
The Jordanian government invited developers to participate in the next round of solar tenders, which will see a further 200 MW of utility-scale solar PV installed, and the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy announced plans to launch tenders for the construction of two solar plants with capacity of up to 800MW by the start of 2017.
Algeria's state-owned utility in charge of electricity distribution, Sonelgaz Group is developing a program aimed at producing 4,000MW of electricity from renewable energies, while the African Development Bank approved a 900 million euro loan for Algeria to support the government's efforts to improve domestic revenue mobilization and the investment climate as well as boost the efficiency of the energy sector and promote renewable energy. 
CEBC will host its 5th Annual MENA Clean Energy Summit on 14 December in Dubai focusing on scaling up solar power and new energy trends for utility-scale and rooftop solar.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you a great month ahead.

Sarah Fitzgerald
General Manager

UNEP Finance Initiative Global Round Table in Dubai | Video
Held 25th and 26th October in Dubai, this gathering of global green economy leaders identified ways for the finance community to become catalysts for sustainable, climate resilient development. CEBC's Chairman H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi led the discussion on the panel session Innovative Tools for Sustainable Finance - Renewable Energy.  [Watch Video]  [View Photos] 

Financing Renewables Infrastructure Projects: Opportunities for Islamic Finance
Deloitte Middle East Islamic Finance Knowledge Centre and  CEBC invites you to take part in a survey on Financing Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects - Opportunities for Islamic Finance. This research study will produce an effective business case for Islamic Finance in the energy sector, industry-specific insights on financing structures, contracts, business and Sharia' limitations within the energy and renewable energy sectors. Completing the survey is strictly confidential and will take only 10 to 15 minutes of your time.  Participants will receive a copy of the upcoming Report.   COMPLETE SURVEY 

CEBC Schools Environment Protection Program 2016- 2017 
Raffles World Academy Dubai Year 12 Science Students had a lesson on the Solar Demo Kit designed by Oryx Solar.  A huge thank you to Hennie Schoemann and Oryx Solar for their support and time to lecture the kids as part of CEBC's School Environment Protection Program.   [View Photos]

New Members
Energie GCC is developing Energie® in the GCC countries, which is the brand that produces the latest generation in solar energy for Domestic Hot Water (DHW). The thermodynamic solar systems work with sun, wind, rain  and even during night  with large energy efficiency.   [Read more]

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) is a Saudi electric utility company.  On 05/04/2000, Saudi Electricity Company was established as a Saudi joint stock company with a paid-up capital of (41,665,938,150) Saudi Riyal (Forty-one billion six hundred and sixty-five million nine hundred and thirty-eight thousand one hundred and fifty Saudi Riyals).   [Read more]

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) provides g eneration, transmission and distribution of electrical power to cover the needs of the customers at the various residential, industrial and commercial sectors throughout the Emirate of Sharjah as well as the requirements of the public utilities such as government buildings, hospitals, mosques and lighting of public parks, streets etc.  [Read more]


CEBC Member Updates

Eversheds Triumphs at the IFLR Middle East Awards
The award recognised Eversheds' innovative work advising Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) on a $3 billion tender for a new independent power and water plant (IWPP).   [Read More]

Green Energy Solutions and Sustainability Wins Award
The Big Project Middle East Construction and Sustainability Awards of Excellence was held in Dubai on November 22 and  Green Energy Solutions and Sustainability was awarded Sustainable Initiative of the Year for their Al Qusais Landfill Gas Project - Phase II. [Read More] 

Renewable Energy White Paper | CEBC Member Majid Al Futtaim
Majid Al Futtaim plans to use Solar PV technology to generate at least 5% of its total energy consumption at existing developments by 2018.  

Technical Papers
Teleconnections and analysis of long-term wind speed variability in the UAE | Masdar [Download Paper]
Energy Conversion and Management | Masdar [Download Paper] 
Generalized Additive Model for Assessment of Direct, Diffuse, & Global Solar Irradiances   [Download Paper]

CEBC Events

5th Annual MENA Clean Energy Summit
Scaling Up Solar Power & New Energy Trends for MENA
14 December 2016
8:15am to 4:30pm
Dusit Thani Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

This year's 5th edition of the MENA Clean Energy Summit focuses on scaling up Utility Scale Solar and Distributed/Rooftop Solar for MENA - where we are now and what's next for the region including  Increasing deployment of CSP technology and the role of energy storage, f inancing utility scale solar and the key differences and challenges between financing CSP and PV projects, p hasing out subsidies and how solar can benefit from development in a subsidy free environment, a ccessing affordable finance for solar,  economics around Net Metering and Wheeling Projects in Jordan and the value of storage,  Saudi Arabia's renewable energy strategy and future plans, e nergy efficiency and ESCO Models and the impact of increased electricity/fuel pricing across the GCC and p ractical advice for accelerating project implementation for distributed solar in the Residential, Commercial & Industrial Sectors.
You will hear from leading industry experts from the global stage, and network with government representatives and key decision makers from the private sector.   DOWNLOAD AGENDA     REGISTER HERE

Responsible Consumption and Production of Energy
Panel Discussion
21 December 2016
10:00am to 12:30pm
Dubai (TBA)

CEBC is delighted to partner with  Emirates Environmental Group (EEG),   United Nations Environment Program and  Arabia CSR Network for this Panel Discussion titled  Responsible Consumption and Production of Energy  which will bring together leading experts from the field to engage the audience in in-deth and meaningful discussions.  To Register Email:

Reports, Publications & Tools
The 1 Gigaton Coalition Report | UNEP  
A year ago, world leaders agreed to restrict global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century. Yet the latest Emissions Gap Report from UN Environment predicts that we are actually heading for global warming of up to 3.4°C, even with the pledges made in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  [Download Report]

Schneider Electric IoT 2020 Business Report | Energy & Utilities Management
Schneider Electric unveiled its IoT 2020 Business Report, outlining the company's predictions for how large organizations, especially in energy and utilities sectors, can leverage Internet of Things technologies for energy conservation and sustainability practices.  According to International Data Corporation, the total IoT spending in the Middle East will reach $1.8 billion in 2016 and then increase to $3.2 billion by 2019.  [Download Report] 

Unlocking Value: Alternative Fuels For Egypt's Cement Industry | IFC
Egypt's cement sector is an important economic player that can play a decisive role in helping the Arab world's most populous nation meet climate change targets. A key lever of achieving lower-carbon growth in the cement sector is adoption of non-fossil based fuels.  Wider uptake of alternative fuels is an immense untapped potential for Egypt's cement sector and a critical tool to manage energy insecurity after diverting state-subsidized natural gas and heavy fuel oil  [Download Report]

United Nations Development Programme launched at the COP22 climate summit a new global report   Scaling up Climate Action to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals   elaborating how UNDP's portfolio of $2.8 Billion of grant assistance projects for climate change contribute to local development results. For further information contact UNDPs Team Leader in the MENA region here.  
Arab Future Energy Index 2016 | United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
UNDP  and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency launched at COP22 the  2016 Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) report . AFEX uses over 20 indicators to rank all countries in the MENA region on clean energy goals, with recommendations for scaling-up results. Top movers in this year's ranking include Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and UAE. For further information contact UNDPs Team Leader in the MENA region at here

CEBC Members & Partners News

Abu Dhabi's electricity tariffs need to rise for solar power to be viable 
Oryx Solar and Yellow Door Energy: Electricity tariffs in Abu Dhabi need to rise by more than two-thirds before investment in  solar power  becomes economically viable for businesses and homeowners. [Read More]

Dubai to build first hydro-power station in GCC
The project will be the first of its kind in the Gulf, and it will make use of water stored in the mountains next to the dam to produce 250MW of power, with a lifespan of 60-80 years, DEWA said in a statement. [Read More]

Masdar doubles renewable energy output for Mauritania 
Masdar, working with national utility provider Societe Mauritanienne d'Electricite (Somelec), will meet up to 30% of the demand for rural communities with eight individual  solar photovoltaic  (PV) plants. [Read More] 

DEWA announces 222 buildings with photovoltaic installations as part of Shams Dubai
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority announced the achievements made by the Shams Dubai initiative as of October 2016.   [Read More] 

Acwa Power launches new clean energy firm
Acwa Power is set to launch a new company that will group its existing renewable energy portfolio and act as a platform to capitalise on the growing market potential for renewable energy in emerging markets.  [Read more] 

DEWA's new HQ to be world's 'largest and smartest net zero energy building'
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has said its new sail-inspired headquarters will be the "tallest, largest and smartest net zero energy building in the world". [Read More]

"There is a regulation which we are expecting to be issued in the beginning of the year [2017]. It basically addresses the need to regulate the market," Eng Faisal Ali Rashid, DSCE  [Read More]

UNDP and UAE announced the launch of the World Green Economy Organization in Dubai. Through a new $11 million initiative [Read More]. To join the initiative contact UNDPs Team Leader in the MENA region here.

EWS-WWF research on '100% Renewable Energy Vision for the United Arab Emirates - 2050' 

Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF) announced its plan to assess the feasibility of up to 100% renewable energy in the UAE  [Read More]

Sharjah solar street lights up 20km
Sharjah's first 'Solar Street Light' project, covering some 20km stretch of roads, has been successfully commissioned as part of the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority's green energy drive. [Read more]
Applications for $50m fund for renewable energy projects open in Abu Dhabi
The International Renewable Energy Agency and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) are now accepting applications, which could lead to a range of projects in the developing world. [Read more]
Chinese interest in Dubai Green Fund
Dubai is in discussions with international fin­anciers, including a Chinese government bank, to help provide financing for its US$27 billion green fund, the only such government initiative in the Arabian Gulf    [Read more]

Mideast's first carbon-capture plant goes on steam in UAE  
The first commercial scale carbon-capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) facility in MENA is now functional and aims to sequester up to 800,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.  [Read More]

Enel's Africa renewables drive on track, calls for cross-border power links
Italian utility Enel is well on track to build 5,000 megawatts worth of renewables capacity in Africa despite political unrest in North Africa and the lack of electric power connections between countries. [Read More] 

How to achieve US$63MWh in a CSP tower project with storage
ata Renewables: SolarReserve managed to bid US$63.75 MWh for a CSP tower project with thermal storage and here are the answers. Don´t worry, they didn´t forget to budget for construction [Read More] 
MENA Clean Energy News

UAE: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid unveils sustainable house
A sustainable house that produces its energy from the Sun, water and the atmosphere has been opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. [Read More] 
Abu Dhabi issues regulations on solar PV
Small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Abu Dhabi have come under the spotlight after an announcement by Abu Dhabi to have them regulated. [Read More]
Lamprell to build in UAE parts for North Sea wind farm 
The London-listed oil services company Lamprell will manufacture in the UAE components for offshore wind turbines in the North Sea, helping to offset downturns in the oil and gas sector. [Read More] 
Dubai: DEWA receives 30 EOI for 200MW solar park  
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site strategic solar energy project of its kind in the world, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.  [Read More] 

Dubai: First MENA Green Finance option from Emirates Islamic
Dubai Green Economy Partnership has signed an agreement with Emirates Islamic to provide easy financing options for individual consumers in Dubai to purchase green products on the Green Deal website. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia to launch national water efficiency programme
Saudi Arabia will establish a national programme to optimise water and energy consumption, it announced in a cabinet statement last week [Read More]

The global agreement on climate change adopted in Paris last year will generate business opportunities worth more than $265 billion across the MENA region according to International Finance Corporation [Read More]
Tunisia: Cash, Jobs And Better Health: How Renewables Can Give Tunisia's Economy A Lift
An ambitious renewable energy initiative-starting at $1 billion-in a partnership between the government and private sector can create 22,500 direct jobs (plus some 90,000 indirect jobs)    [Read More] 

Kuwait: Renewable energy station linked to state's power grid
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research witnessed the linking of the solar and wind power station in Shaqaya in cooperation with the Ministry of Electricity and Water during a celebration [Read More]

Oman: Stellar plan for solar power
A massive plan is being drawn to draw power from the sun whose daily radiation across the Sultanate peaks at 5,500-6,000 Wh/m2 (watt hour per sqm). Oman Authority for Electricity Regulation  [Read More]

Lebanon: Will Lebanon follow Morocco's renewable energy footsteps in light of new political momentum? 
As Lebanon groans under the heavy weight of power outages and their dire repercussions on the nation's economy, most parts of the world have been increasingly utilizing renewable energy   [Read More]

I ran has huge untapped potentials in renewables: official 
Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Sattar Mahmoudi said that Iran has the capacity to generate 60,000 megawatts (MW) of solar electricity, IRNA reported.    [Read More]

MENA: EIB boosts green growth   
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is planning an additional €25m for the Green for Growth Fund to help finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in North Africa and the Middle East. [Read more]

EBRD and UfM private renewable energy framework for North Africa and Middle East
EBRD and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) launched a joint programme aimed at the development of private renewable energy markets in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. [Read More]  

Jordan: New 200 MW solar PV tender announced in Jordan
Jordanian government invited developers to participate in the next round of solar tenders, which will see a further 200 MW of utility-scale solar PV installed within the country.  [Read More]  

Egypt to save $1tn through establishing solar thermal power plants by 2050: El-Nokrashy
Solar energy expert Hany El-Nokrashy, a member of the advisory council spoke to Daily News Egypt about his five-year plan to attract foreign investment and the establishment of solar power plants. [Read More] 

Morocco to tender for 800MW solar plants by 2017
Morocco plans to launch tenders for the construction of two solar plants with a combined capacity of up to 800MW by the start of 2017, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) said. [Read More]

Turkey to Expand Renewable Geothermal Energy Generation with World Bank Support
The World Bank's Board of Directors approved an IBRD loan of US$250 million and a Clean Technology Fund Grant of US$39.8 million for  a Geothermal Development Project in Turkey  [Read More] 

Algeria: African Development Bank board approves 900 mln euro loan for Algeria
The African Development Bank's board approved a 900 million euro ($1 billion) loan for Algeria aimed at supporting reforms to help the North African nation confront falling oil revenues  [Read more] 
Algeria to Generate Renewable Power
Algeria's state-owned utility, Sonelgaz Group, said the company is developing a nationwide program aimed at producing 4,000MW of electricity from renewable energies such as solar and windmill. [Read More] 
Industry Events and Conferences

SHARJAH - Green Business Owners & Sales Managers Networking Event
29 November 2016
The Regus office - Mega Mall - Sharjah
8-9 November 2016
The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi
Iran Renewable Energy Congress
4-8 December 2016

Intex Oman 2016
5-7 December 2016
7-9 December 2016

22 December 2016
The Regus Business Centre World - JAFZA 1
16-19 January 2017
Abu Dhabi
PPP Solar Energy Summit
5-7 February 2017

Solar Middle East
14-16 February 2017
Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE

CEBC  members are entitled to discounts on the above events.  For the discount codes please email 
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