MENA Clean Energy Month in Review 

Climate change is a deadly threat to our habitat, animals and people. Current annual emissions of greenhouse gases are about 50 billion tonnes of carbon-dioxide-equivalent, compared with about 41 billion tonnes in 2005. [Read More]

Young people drive MENA's transition towards clean energy future, today!
During CEBC 5th Annual MENA Clean Energy Summit we spoke to the Chairman of the Clean Energy Business Council H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi, former Minister of Trade & Economy, Lebanese Government, former Chief Economist Dubai International Finance Centre.
[Watch Interview]

CEBC at World Future Energy Summit
The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, celebrated 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. [View Photos]

Kick-Off Gala Celebration of, the World Solar & Cleantech Influencers Forum 
CEBC attending this exciting event which brought together Middle East solar and cleantech industries as well as notable policy-makers, personalities, business leaders and investors with its international peers. [View Photos]

CEBC National Schools Program trip to RAK Research & Innovation Centre
On 23 January, CEBC's UAE National Schools Program visited the Ras Al Khaimah Research and Innovation Centre at the American University Ras Al Kahimah. With 35 student ambassadors joining us, we toured the RAKRIC facilities including their High-Precision Solar Tracking System. Students gained firsthand experience in up and coming research & development concerning Photovoltaic, Solar cooling, Solar Hybrid minigrid, Green building, Solar water desalination, Solar Island and Concentrated Solar Power. [View Photos] 

WICE Survey: Women in Clean Energy 
We are seeking to gather information to understand more about the role of women in entrepreneurship in clean energy and more specifically innovation, new technology and the role of women and what needs to be done to encourage them into clean tech and clean energy. You can help by taking this brief survey which will enable us to create a benchmark for women working in these fields that we can measure on an annual basis. [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] 


CEBC Member Updates

ACWA Power Agrees Risha Jordan PV deal with record-low tariff
ACWA Power has agreed with the Government of Jordan to develop, finance, construct, own and operate a new 61.3 MWp photovoltaic project in Risha, a province in Eastern Jordan. ACWA Power submitted a record-low tariff of JOD 42 fils per kWh, the lowest tariff for solar energy ever presented for a Jordan-based project, 3.3% lower than the previous lowest tariff provided to Jordan with the Mafraq PV project, also developed by ACWA Power under the Round II of Proposals for Renewable Energy in Jordan.

ORYX SOLAR celebrates successful connection of first residential solar system
On 9 January 2016 TerraStruc connected the first independent residential solar rooftop system in Dubai to the grid. As far as we know this is the first independent villa with a solar PV system to be connected to DEWA's grid after following the Shams process from A to Z (and that is not in Sustainable City!).
Schneider Electric Showcases Innovation At Every Level at its Dubai Life Is On Innovation Summit on April 11th & 12th at The Atlantis
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, is hosting its Life is On Innovation Summit in Dubai on. The two-days summit will see more than 3000 participants, representing government, businesses and the channel community from across Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific discuss the latest trends, technologies and innovations that are shaping the region's world of energy and automation.

CAT Launches Microgrid Solutions
Caterpillar recently launched its Cat® Microgrid Solution, an innovative suite of power systems that adds environmentally friendly solar panels, state-of-the-art energy storage, and advanced monitoring and control systems to Caterpillar's traditional line of reliable power generation equipment, including Cat generator sets, switchgear, uninterruptible power supplies and automatic transfer switches.
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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]

Reports, Publications & Tools
Renewables 2016 Global Report | Ren21
REN21 is a multi-stakeholder network; collectively this network shares its insight and knowledge, helping the REN21 Secretariat produce its annual Renewables Global Status Report as well as regional   reports. Today the network stands at 700 renewable energy, energy access and energy efficiency experts. For GSR 2016, 180 experts joined the report process, equivalent to the total number of GSR experts in 2012. [Download Report] 
Accelerating Off-grid Renewable Energy: Key Findings and Recommendations  
The business case for off-grid renewables as a means to expand rural electricity access keeps growing stronger, thanks to steady cost reductions and technological innovation. Yet further accelerating the growth of either mini-grid or stand-alone solutions will depend also on stable policies and regulations, along with dedicated funds and de-risking instruments for renewables. [Download Report] 

Renewable Energy Auctions: Analysing 2016
At least 67 countries had used auctions for renewable energy contracts by mid-2016, up from less than 10 in 2005. The forthcoming report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) - of which this summary provides a preview - provides key updates on this crucial mechanism for price discovery and market development. [Download Report] 
Planning for the renewable future: Long-term modelling and tools to expand variable renewable power in emerging economies
Ambitious national commitments, international agreements and rapid technological progress have prompted countries around the world to turn increasingly renewable energy to expand their power infrastructure. However, the variability of solar and wind energy - two key sources for renewable power generation - presents new challenges. [Download Report] 

CEBC Members & Partners News

2017 Emirates Energy Award open for applications
Registration for the 2017 Emirates Energy Award, which seeks the best ideas from the public and private sectors to reduce the UAE's carbon footprint, is open. [Read More]

Dubai on track to exceed 7% clean energy target by 2020, Dewa chief says
The head of Dewa said that Dubai could easily surpass its 7 per cent clean-energy target by 2020, as one of the largest private rooftop projects in the emirate, from the power technology group ABB, was unveiled yesterday.
Year in review: Renewables surpass critical 'tipping point'
The biggest event to happen in the renewables industry this year was the rapid price drop in large-scale projects, with the UAE taking a seat among the countries with the world's cheapest costs for renewable energy power generation. [Read More] 

Majid Al Futtaim plans to open Masdar City mall in 2018  
Majid Al Futtaim Group intends to open its new My City Centre Masdar mall in Masdar City by the end of next year. [Read More]

Etihad Esco to install solar panels at villas in Hatta  
Ali Al Jassim, the chief executive of Etihad Esco, said on Tuesday that a tender inviting qualified companies bid for work installing and maintaining panels on top of the homes will be advertised on Wednesday. [Read More] 

Dubai Carbon to provide solar lesson with rooftop panels at schools   
The initiative will be launched alongside Etihad Esco at the first two schools next week, the Dubai Carbon chief executive Ivano Iannelli said he wants many more to join in. [Read More] 

Dubai retrofits bring energy savings worth 9.2mn
Etihad ESCO's retrofit projects have successfully saved 54GHW of energy in 2016, through five major projects, implemented for DEWA, JAFZA, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment (MRHE), which equates to AED 34 Million in monetary terms. [Read More]

Irena calls for more investment
Despite its immense potential, renewable energy will only rise from 18 per cent to 21 per cent of the total global energy mix by 2030, if current plans are implemented without additional measures, according to the Rethinking Energy Report released today. [Read More]  

DEWA, Masdar to break ground on Dubai solar park
Construction of the 800 megawatt (MW) phase 3 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai will start at the end of this month following the award of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the project. [Read More] 

Masdar to assist Bee'ah's waste-to-energy project
The Abu Dhabi clean energy company will build a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Sharjah with the emirate's waste management firm, Bee'ah, after first announcing their partnership last year. [Read More]

Abu Dhabi and Irena add to renewables funding for Africa and Pacific region
Four countries in Africa and the Pacific will receive millions from Abu Dhabi to kick-start renewable energy projects, benefiting more than a quarter of a million people. [Read More] 

Acwa plans low-cost solar project in Jordan
Saudi Arabia's Acwa Power will build a 61.3 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Jordan, producing electricity for 5.88 US cents per kilowatt-hour - the lowest solar tariff ever for a project in the country.
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UAE announces winners of Zayed Future Energy Prize   
A leader of sustainable energy in China was on Monday honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zayed Future Energy Prize. [Read More] 

Auctions best fit for renewable energy projects, Irena says
Auctions for renewable energy projects have helped to drive down prices but the process runs the risk of delays from over-aggressive bidding, according to a report by the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) released today. [Read More] 

MENA Clean Energy News

Harnessing a solar future in the Gulf
The UAE set - and then reset - the benchmark for low-cost solar electricity; Saudi Arabia made its highest level commitment to investing in solar; and Jordan commissioned its largest utility-scale solar power plant and announced plans to tender a new round of projects. [Read More]

Dubai solar: The low-down on how solar panels will affect your home's value
Buying and installing solar panels may provide an attractive long-term return on investment but it is unlikely to significantly increase the value of your home.   [Read More] 
Dubai solar: Your complete guide to installing panels on your home  
Contractor interest in the nascent market for installing solar panels in Dubai is growing, but remains skewed towards ­commercial rather than domestic users. [Read More] 
UAE turns green with new power plan 2050
The UAE Energy Plan 2050 aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 70 per cent, increase clean energy use by 50 per cent and improve energy efficiency by 40 per cent by the middle of the century, resulting in savings worth Dh700 billion. [Read More] 
Saudi Arabia's slow pace on renewables a risk to oil exports
Saudi Arabia's rapidly growing oil consumption will be a risk to its vital oil exports if the country does not get going on its wish list to build renewable energy capacity, according to a senior Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) executive. [Read More]
Adwea aims for second plant after concluding solar contract in March
The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) expects to wrap up details of its first solar power contract by the end of March - and to put a second project out to tender by this time next year. [Read More] 

Bill Gates Launches $1 Billion Breakthrough Energy Investment Fund   
Billionaire philanthropist and investor Bill Gates is launching a $1 billion fund, called Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to invest in new forms of clean energy. [Read More]
Saudi Arabia picks up pace on its renewable energy drive and prepares to issue tenders
The world's biggest oil exporter could invest between $30bn and $50bn, mainly in solar and wind projects, as well as some geothermal and waste projects, in the first phase of a multi-year programme, Khalid Al Falih said at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. [Read More] 
London-based renewables investment adviser to open Dubai office  
Quercus Investment Partners, a London-based investment adviser, plans to open an office in Dubai to tap growing potential for investment in renewables in the Middle East as countries designate billions of dollars for clean energy. [Read more]  

Jordan To Auction Up To 700 MW Renewable Energy Capacity This Month
Jordan plans to further expands its renewable energy infrastructure through a fresh auction of solar and wind energy projects this month. [Read More]

Egypt Fast Becoming A Hot Renewable Energy Market
With ample natural resources to supply the renewable energy market, Egypt is finally finding its way to a cleantech future. Plagued with chronic shortages in electricity supply, a new, ambitious wind and solar procurement schedule is propelling the country forward. [Read More]

Egypt: energy ministry seeks to speed up renewables sector
The Egyptian ministry of electricity is gearing up to present Cabinet with a memorandum that supports the development of the renewables sector. [Read More]

Morocco lights the way for Africa on renewable energy
In the past year, Morocco has banned the use of plastic bags, launched new plans for extending the urban tram networks in Casablanca and Rabat, started the process of replacing its dirty old fleet of buses and taxis, launched Africa's first city bicycle hire scheme, and launched a new initiative - the "Adaptation of African Agriculture" - to help the continent's farmers adjust to climate change. [Read More]
Industry Events and Conferences

PPP Solar Energy Summit
5-7 February 2017

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

Green Emirates
19 February
Building 17 car park, Jafza, Dubai

South Asia Rising Conference
26-27 February
DMCC, Almas Tower, Floor 1, Jumeirah Lakes Tower, Dubai

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

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