MENA Clean Energy Month in Review 

Middle East's solar, renewable energy industry braces for "Big" year in 2017, says clean energy business council
Dubai - UAE: The renewable energy industry is bracing itself for a critical year of positive activity in 2017 as key markets across the Gulf and wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) accelerate their energy diversification programmes to meet national targets, according to Dr. Nasser Saidi, Chairman of the Clean Energy Business Council[Read More]

5th Annual MENA Clean Energy Summit  
CEBC's hosted its 5th Annual MENA Clean Energy Summit on 14 December in Dubai and this year's summit focused on scaling up solar and new energy trends for MENA.  CEBC thanks sponsors ACWA Power, Adenium Energy Capital, Ashurst and EY for their generous contribution and support. 

Four Pillars of Decarbonisation Strategies | 
Al Ittihad newspaper 
Author: H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi
The GCC and other countries from the region have committed to renewable energy initiatives - be they the UAE's target to generate 24% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2021, or Morocco's renewable energy target of 52% by 2030. These ambitious objectives need implementation through decarbonisation strategies and objectives that require deep partnership with the private sector. [Article Arabic]   [Article English]

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 

"Light & Life: Bringing Solar to Schools and their Students Worldwide" with message of Dr Jane Goodall | SolarPV TV
Exclusive reportage from American Universal School in Dubai (AUS)
Within this Pilot Project AUS will bring Solar Installation to Mkamenyi Primary School in Kenya and 600 individual light-kits to its students, but the ultimate goal of "Light & Life: Bringing Solar to Schools and their Students Worldwide" is to develop a business model within to scale the project up and spread it around the globe.  Contact   [Watch Video] 

New Members
Environmental Solutions & Consultancy   [Read more]
Environmental Solutions and Consultancy is a consulting company headquartered in Sharjah, UAE with offices in India, Jordan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. It is a part of Paradigm Pioneers Group of companies. ESC provides innovative solutions to industries, commercial establishments and government bodies in the areas such as environment, health and safety, sustainability, water and energy, third party inspection and certification. Services Provided by ESC in the areas of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy [Read more]

Noor Solar Technology
Noor Solar Technology's vision is to become a global leader in providing sustainable, renewable and affordable energy solutions, bringing together higher technology with abundant power of sun; while maintaining their high ethical standards. [Read more]

TÜV Rheinland    
TUV Rheinland is a leading independent provider of technical services for testing, inspection, certification, consultation and training. TUV Rheinland's core expertise is the quality assurance and risk management of PV power plants. They act as third party for investors, developers, EPCs and operators to optimize capital investment and minimise technical risks. Range of services include site assessments, supplier auditing, contract review, construction supervision, system performance check, commissioning, monitoring solutions and yield reviews. [Read More] 


CEBC Member Updates

The Sustainability Self Assessment Tool | Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence
The UAE signed the Paris Accord on 22 nd April 2016, enhancing the national commitment towards low-carbon development and sustainability stewardship. Working towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, Dubai Carbon has developed a simple tool to help stakeholders assess their sustainability indicators.  [Read More] 

Carbon credits for Dubai landfill earn money from Norway
Dubai Municipality's Al Ghusais landfill has become the first such facility in the region to trade the carbon credits it earned after generating electricity by flaring the methane gas produced by waste combustion. T he facility, run by Green Energy Solutions and Sustainability for the Waste Management Department of the civic body, received a cheque worth Dh354,240 for selling the carbon points.
Bond Interiors is now ESCO accredited by RSB
Bond Interiors is proud to be certified as an accredited Energy Service Company by the Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau in Dubai. This accreditation recognizes Bond's infrastructure, skills and qualifications to deliver ESCO projects throughout the emirate.
30 years in the interior industry as a specialist fit-out contractor with separate divisions for the sectors of Hospitality, Healthcare, Banking, Corporate, Retail and F&B; Bond's new ESCO accreditation can provide energy performance contracting to projects in all these sectors.
As a supporter of RSB's role in the implementation of Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 (DIES) and Demand Side Management Strategy (DSM), Bond Interiors can now contribute to supporting Dubai's economic growth through efficient energy supply & energy use while meeting environmental and sustainability objectives.

To promote Green Mobility in the region, ENGIE will be sponsoring the Middle East's first Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) from 29 January to 1 February 2017 in the UAE. [Read More]

CEBC Events

CEBC Pavilion AT World Future Energy Summit
Scaling Up Solar Power & New Energy Trends for MENA
16-19 January 2017
10:00am - 5:00pm
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre 

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2017. Already the world's most influential event dedicated to advancing the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean technology, to mark this milestone, exciting changes are being made to the exhibition and conference that will make it the most interactive and inspirational to date.

Within the exhibition, dedicated country pavilions will enable attendees to meet with influential industry and government figures. In 2016, the exhibition at the World Future Energy Summit brought together 600 companies from 32 countries and more than 30,000 attendees from 150 countries, making it an essential place to network and seek new business opportunities.

CEBC will be hosting a pavilion during the expo, we look forward to seeing you there. 

Reports, Publications & Tools
For Every $1 Spent on Clean Energy R&D, Other Sectors Would See $1.60       
A new analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts and its research partner, ICF International Inc., shows that the expected $5.8 billion investment by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Mission Innovation research and development (R&D) activities for fiscal year 2017 could add $8.6 billion to the nation's gross domestic product (GDP); $5.6 billion in wages and benefits across the economy; and $1.3 billion and $540 million, respectively, to federal and state and local tax revenue in the first year. [Download Report] 

MENA Solar Market Outlook for 2017 | New Energy Update
The report includes expert opinions from Eversheds, Apricum, IRENA and Phanes Group and discusses  Jordan's plans to deploy 1,800MW by 2020,  Price competitiveness - How the UAE's 800 MW PV project set record low tariffs of 2.99 US cents/kWh,   Latest CSP projects in Morocco and UAE and t he hot markets for distributed solar- How the UAE established a rooftop-PV net metering scheme resulting in solar panels being installed on 222 buildings   [Download Report] 

Financing Solar Projects in MENA | New Energy Update: Interviews With
Paul van Son, Chairman, MENA & Turkey at Innogy and President, Dii
Frank Wouters, Director, EU GCC Clean Energy Network, & Senior Advisor, Apricum
Adel Elsolh, Head of Middle East, Global Infrastructure & Projects Natixis
 The sower's way: quantifying the narrowing net-energy pathways to a global energy transition
Planning the appropriate renewable energy (RE) installation rate should balance two partially contradictory objectives: substituting fossil fuels fast enough to stave-off the worst consequences of climate change while maintaining a sufficient net energy flow to support the world's economy. [Read More] 
Harnessing the Invisible Fuel
Energy and water efficiency, also referred to as 'the invisible fuel', are key drivers of the global move towards a low-carbon future. In the UAE, a country with four times the world average carbon dioxide rates per capita, the private sector has a major role to play in bringing about a more sustainable future. [Download Report] 
What is holding back the private sector?
Many businesses face important barriers which hinder them from taking advantage of the energy and water efficiency opportunity. To truly unleash the potential for a low-carbon economy, these key barriers faced by businesses in energy and water efficiency must be addressed. [Download Report] 

CEBC Members & Partners News

UAE leading the world in renewable energy PPPs | Nathan Weatherstone, National Bank of Abu Dhabi
COP 22 emphasised the need to accelerate the pace of change in the energy sector, transitioning to a low carbon future. UAE has shown how to do this in renewable energy via Public Private Partnerships. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia has the potential to emerge as a solar energy powerhouse with the launch of its Vision 2030 strategy and  goal of delivering 9.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar power [Read More]

Project profile: Shams Ma'an solar plant, Jordan | First Solar
Big Project ME speaks to First Solar, the EPC contractor of the largest PV plant in the Middle East. [Read More]

Making high efficiency solar power financially viable | The National 
When the first commercial solar photovoltaic panel was unveiled in 1954, it was only capable of converting into electricity six per cent of the Sun's light. [Read More]

For the people of the Middle East and North Africa , climate change isn't some abstract concept. It's happening now. Drought, rising temperature, dwindling water supplies have begun to affect the region   [Read More] 

ACWA to offer spread on $1bn project-linked bond  
ACWA Power is expected to offer a hefty spread on its planned $1 billion bond offer, partly because of market volatility since the U.S. elections and a narrowing issuance window, bankers and investors said. [Read More] 

Masdar looks east to extend renewable energy footprint
The Abu Dhabi clean energy company Masdar will expand next year for the first time into the Indian subcontinent, India and Pakistan, and increase its presence in North Africa to meet the rise in renewable energy demand, the chief executive said. [Read More]

DEWA launches 10-week Exo Sprint programme to shape future of energy and water
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority launched an international programme for its staff which is the first of its kind in the region, and aims to enhance DEWA's role in shaping the future of energy and water.  [Read More] 

PPA Signed For 800 Megawatt Dubai Solar Power Project At 2.99¢/kWh
The third phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park moved another step closer to being a reality after a power purchase agreement was signed for the project. Masdar   [Read More] 

A year of hectic change and off-target predictions | Michael Liebrich, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Every January, BNEF try to predict what the coming year will bring. Then, each December, to keep themselves honest, they revisit their predictions and mark their homework. [Read More]

Pioneering new research led by EWS-WWF to unearth UAE's renewable energy potential
The project, known as the '100% Renewable Energy Vision for the UAE - 2050' will see EWS-WWF and Baringa Partners join forces to assess the feasibility of transitioning to 75-100% levels of renewable energy for power generation in the UAE by 2050. [Read More] 

World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind | Bloomberg
A transformation is happening in global energy markets that's worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity. [Read More]

Heriot-Watt University Dubai team named YLIC finalist  
A team of Masters of Science Energy students from Heriot-Watt University's Dubai campus has been named one of three finalists for the Intersolar Middle East Young Leaders' Innovation Challenge (YLIC). [Read More] 

Exclusive talk to Francesco Venturini, CEO at ENEL Green Power | SolarPV TV
SolarPV TV speaks with Francesco Venturini, Presidentof RES4AFRICA and CEO of Enel Green Power, a company which is planning to become the largest green utility in the world. [Watch Interview]
Financing the Clean-Energy Transformation | Bader Al Lamki, Gulf News
The renewable energy sector has passed the point at which its future growth no longer remains dependent on public subsidy and ideological factors.   [Read More]

MENA Clean Energy News

Second phase of Dubai's solar park to power 30,000 homes starting April 
About 30,000 homes in Dubai will be powered by the sun starting April as the second phase of the emirate's major  solar park  is completed. [Read More] 
Less red tape and easy financing could increase residential solar power usage in Dubai 
Reducing red tape and providing easier financing options could be the key to increasing the use of solar power in residential buildings, experts said. [Read More] 
New council to grow UAE's green economy
A new council to develop policies to protect the environment was formed by the government on Sunday.
The UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment will also make recommendations to set up a green economy through management of natural resources. [Read More]

Aramco moves ahead with wind and gas projects to cut domestic oil use 
Saudi Aramco, announced a major new gas plant contract and took delivery of the kingdom's first wind turbine this week, as it moved ahead with plan to cut domestic oil consumption for power generation. [Read More] 
RTA operates Middle East's first solar-powered abra
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently announced the formal operation of a solar-powered abra, considered the first of its kind in the Middle East. [Read More]
Masdar to present desalination results
Renewable energy company Masdar will present technical data from an innovative pilot programme that could pave the way for the commercial adoption of seawater desalination powered by clean energy [Read More] 

Tadweer steps up waste management systems  
Center of Waste Management, Abu Dhabi, launched its policies, procedures and systems project for waste management services [Read More]
Project for solar-powered electric boat transport in the MENA Region receives US$1 million UN Energy Grant
A partnership working to promote solar-powered electric vessels in Tunisia and MENA was awarded the $1 million 2016 Energy Grant from the United Nations  [Read More] 

Jordan 'plans six new wind and solar plants'
Jordan plans six new wind and solar energy power plants with a total capacity of 300 megawatts (MW) and has invited expressions of interest to build the projects [Read More]

Jordan Confirms Its Lead Role in Solar Energy Among the Arab Countries with the Falcon Ma'an Plant 
The solar power plant covers a surface area of half million square meters and delivers 147 million kilowatt hours of electricity to the Jordanian national grid each year avoiding over 25.000 tons of CO2 emissions [Read more] 

Oman to name solar consultant this month
The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company is expected to pick this month the consultant for a planned large-scale solar tender for up to 200 MW of capacity, the Times of Oman reports.  [Read More]

Smart grids good for Oman's economy, says report
Customising smart grid strategies to suit an organisation's objectives and mitigate challenges, while focusing on business transformation will determine the successful adoption of smart grids in Oman [Read More]

Egypt: Cairo Renews Interest in Renewable Energy
The Egyptian government is working to secure a share of a $5.8 billion World Bank program for renewable energy to finance scores of solar, wind, and biomass power initiatives. [Read More]

Energy access to displaced people | Utilities-ME
There is a strong link between the serious humanitarian situation of war-displaced people and lack of access to sustainable energy resources. According to a 2015 UNCHR report [Read More]

From women in tech to patents: Nine areas where Middle East is winning, and losing    
Analysis from the World Economic Forum and UNESCO has offered fresh insights into the state of science and technology in the MENA region, with nine significant trends emerging. [Read More]  
ESMIG supports release of EU Clean Energy Package
The ESMIG smart energy industry group views the EU's "Clean energy for all Europeans" package as a "necessary step in the transformation to a flexible, dynamic, consumer-centric system." [Read More] 

Economists agree: economic models underestimate climate change 
There is broad consensus on some questions, a wider spread on others, but in every case the median opinion of climate economists supports more vigorous action against climate change, sooner.   [Read More] 
Industry Events and Conferences

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

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