MENA Clean Energy Month in Review 
Roundup by the CEO
Dear Members and Colleagues,
This month Saudi Arabia issued a request for qualifications for the kingdom's first large-scale wind project in the Al Jouf region totalling 400MW. There are plans for further tenders this year as part of a US$50 billion spending program on renewables within six years. The National Energy Services Company, NESCO, Saudi Arabia's Super ESCO has started its operations with the launch of a first public building retrofit tender in Riyadh.

Bahrain appointed a technical engineering firm to support its Sustainable Energy Unit to develop the technical and regulatory requirements related to connecting distributed renewable energy resources into Bahrain's national electricity grid. This is in line with the Country's targets to achieve 6% national electrical energy efficiency by 2025 and a 5% contribution from renewable energies by 2025, rising to 10 per cent by 2035.

Construction began on a 30MW PV Project in Iran's North Khorasan Province. The plant will be the largest in Iran and follows completion of two 7MW installations and a 10MW site earlier this year.

Solar distributed generation made its entry in Lebanon with the installation of a 600kw rooftop PV array completed under Lebanon's Small Decentralised Renewable Energy Power Generation Scheme, while IFC approved an investment of $635m to help construct, operate and maintain up to 11 solar power plants in Egypt.

CEBC's next event is a webinar on the Challenges of Solar Dispatchability in August, followed by a breakfast briefing focusing on clean energy finance: Green Sukuk & Bonds, and Debt and Equity Crowdfunding for cleantech projects in MENA in September.

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and wish you a great month ahead.
Stephane le Gentil

Webinar: How to Harness the Immense EV opportunities
Leading industry experts analysed the challenges that creating and adapting infrastructure to this new EV reality will entail. It focused on new business models, opportunities for distributed energy and the creation of a marketplace of buyers and sellers of energy.   [Watch Here]

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CEBC Pavilion at World Future Energy Summit 
World Future Energy Summit (WFES) has built a reputation as one of the most influential annual events in the world dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technology. WFES brings together over 30,000 visitors from over 175 countries and over 1,500 conference delegates.

As part of the Energy Efficiency Expo, CEBC will be hosting its own pavilion, allowing our members to attract government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the industry. It is the perfect opportunity to network and grow your business with the support of CEBC.

Exclusive to our members, CEBC offers two discounted options for our member organisations that sign up to exhibit through our pavilion.  View full details and pricing, as well as the location of the CEBC Pavilion. [Download Brochure]
CEBC Events 
Webinar: Dispatchable Solar (PV and CSP with energy storage) 
Date:         5 September 2017 
Time:         2:00pm-3:30pm GST
Location:  Online Webinar 
With more solar electricity entering the grid at record low prices, the future of energy is renewable. But as more peak load electricity enters the system, batteries and storage become essential for load shifting and to maintain the integrity of the grid.  But what are the most promising technologies developing that allow grids to manage energy loads? Will the solution be maximizing one of those technologies or building new technologies? 
This webinar analyses in depth thermal storage, cool storage and batteries among other technologies; different approaches to resolve the same challenge of shifting energy from when it is produced to when it is needed - at the lowest possible cost.  This webinar is free to attend.   REGISTER HERE

Clean Energy Finance Workshop: Green Bonds & Sukuk and Crowdfunding Cleantech  
Date:         18 September 2017 
Time:         8:00-11:30am
Location:   Shangri La Hotel, Dubai 
One of the largest barriers to clean energy deployment is access to capital and investment. Governments throughout the MENA region are setting ambitious clean energy and energy efficiency targets. Compounding the difficulty of achieving these targets, the population of the GCC is expected to grow to over 53 million by 2020, a 30% increase since 2000, making the GCC one of the fastest growing regions in the world.  This workshop will focus on two platforms for financing clean energy projects;   Green bonds & Sukuk  and Debt and Equity Crowdfunding for Cleantech projects. 

Solar Show Seminar Week 
Date:         23-25 October 2017 
Time:         8:00-11:30am
Location:   Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre - Solar Show Exhibition Pavilion  
Clean Energy Business Council together with EWS-WWF , UNF-CCC and The Sustainable City, in cooperation with the  Dubai Solar Show being organised by  Dubai Electricity & Water Authority is delighted to present the 2nd Annual Dubai Solar Show Seminar Week. Leading global industry experts will share their expertise, knowledge and insights, and through DEWA's generous support and commitment to education, information and knowledge sharing, these seminars are free to attend.

CEBC Member Updates

Business Breakfast: Enerwhere & Neutral Fuels
Daniel Zywietz, CEO of Enerwhere and CEBC board member, joins Dubai Eye's Business Breakfast together with Karl Feilder from Neutral Fuels to talk about how they are looking to raise money through crowdfunding. Both are clean energy companies - Enerwhere, the distributed solar utility for commercial & industrial customers and Neutral Fuels, the biodiesel producer, and are hoping to raise a million dollars in equity funding through  [Listen to Interview] 

Solar investment 'firm' in Q2 2017 boosted by UAE parks
PV investment was up 20% from the first quarter of this year, and 19% up on the same quarter last year. A major part of the increase was due to the US$1.9 billion financing of two giant solar PV parks in the Middle East, the 800MW Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum III plant in Dubai, and the 1.2GW Marubeni JinkoSolar and Adwea Sweihan project in Abu Dhabi. Both parks have seen significant funding news this summer. [Read More] 

Dubai's mobility substation to be operational in August
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has said that the 132/11kilovolt (kV) substation, which will have a conversion capacity of 150 megavolt amperes (MVA), is 80% complete, and is expected to be operational by the end of August. Mobility is one of the three substations implemented by DEWA within the Expo 2020 Dubai Park. Construction began on 1 July 2015, at a total cost of AED 173 million.   [Read More]

Masdar leads UAE bio push
Masdar and local environmental management company Bee'ah have set up a JV to build waste-to-energy plants in the United Arab Emirates. On completion of the project, Sharjah will become the first city in the Middle East to achieve the target of 100% diversion of waste from landfill, the partners said. [Read More]

Cheap solar energy plants to spread throughout Middle East
Solar plants that supply electricity at competitive prices after the sun goes down are about to become a reality in the Middle East, according to one of the region's biggest developers of power plants. The Acwa Power International chief executive Paddy Padmanathan confirmed his company is the low bidder on a US$1 billion project that will feed electricity to the grid for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority between 4pm and 10am.
  [Read More] 

Enerwhere commissions first industrial rooftop solar hybrid plant in Ras Al Khaimah  
Enerwhere, a Dubai-based distributed utility company, recently commissioned a 123 kWp solar hybrid plant on the roof of Century Mechanical Systems Factory (CMS) in the Al Hamra Industrial Area of Ras Al Khaimah. CMS, an ISO-certified manufacturer of HVAC products and accessories, had been looking for a better solution for their power supply, as without a grid connection, CMS had been forced to run the factory on diesel generators for several years. [Read More]

ACWA Power, Abengoa, Empresarios Agrupados and Mott McDonald, share their innovative strategies of implementing CSP in MENA
The highly competitive nature of recent tenders in the region "is important for putting CSP on the map," said Andrea Lovato, executive director and head of renewable development at ACWA Power. The success of currently tendered tower projects with molten salt storage in Dubai could prompt other nearby territories to consider CSP for baseload generation, he hinted.  [Listen Now] 

Energy Yield of Photovoltaic Modules and Systems
Photovoltaic (PV) systems need to generate reliable and safe power throughout their predicted life time of more than 25 years of operation while being subjected to a wide range of environmental conditions, sometimes even extreme conditions. But as solar module prices continue to fall, today's PV systems also have to be economically viable in the light of current developments in the PV module market. Investors are constantly looking for assurances that the module technology they are planning to finance will in fact produce the expected energy yield and reward their investment.
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DEWA first in region to receive International Renewable Energy Certificates
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said on Friday it has become the first Arabian Gulf utility to adopt the International Renewable Energy Certificates system, which allows for trade in these certificates and encourages the increase in the size of renewables in the energy mix. The Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence or Dubai Carbon issued the certificates to Dewa's 13 megawatt first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which will produce 5,000MW by 2030, with total investments up to Dh50 billion. [Read More]

Hofstra University Executive MBA visit to ACWA Power
This week ACWA Power Dubai welcomed and hosted 41 Executive MBA students from Hofstra University, America. They came to learn more about sustainability and the future of power in the UAE. Dr. Andrea Lovato, Executive Director, Business Development, Renewables & Abdullah Alsaeeri, Manager in Technology gave presentations on CSP and PV and how these will be part of an important renewables future. [Read More]

Industry Job Openings
Role: Project Manager
Organization: Yellow Door Energy
Location: Amman, Jordan [Read More]
Role: Solar Engineer
Organization: Yellow Door Energy
Location: Amman, Jordan [Read More]

Mind the Gap 
Regular Insurance Insights Designed for the Renewables Industry provided by Lockton 
Don't fall into any holes in cover created during your project's transition from construction to operation 
An insurance policy is nothing other than "a promise" - a promise to pay a sum of money if a set of circumstances happen, usually an event of damage. Unfortunately, all insurance policies have "small print" that has to be read carefully, although with proper advice it is possible to avoid (or at least understand) most of the challenges that may arise from this. [Read More]
Reports, Publications & Tools
Renewables 2017: Global Status Report     
The year 2016 saw several developments and ongoing trends that all have a bearing on renewable energy, including the continuation of comparatively low global fossil fuel prices; dramatic price declines of several renewable energy technologies; and a continued increase in attention to energy storage. For the third consecutive year, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry were nearly flat in 2016, due largely to declining coal use worldwide but also due to improvements in energy efficiency and to increasing the use of renewable energy. 
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The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy: Faculty Research Working Paper Series
For a century, the geopolitics of energy has been synonymous with the geopolitics of oil and gas. However, geopolitics and the global energy economy are both changing. The international order predominant since the end of World War II faces mounting challenges. At the same time, renew- able energy is growing rapidly. Nevertheless, the geopolitics of renewable energy has received relatively little attention, especially when considering the far-reaching consequences of a global shift to renewable energy.  [Download Report] 
The Growing Role of Minerals and Metals for a Low Carbon Future
Climate and greenhouse gas (GHG) scenarios have typically paid scant attention to the metal implications necessary to realize a low/zero carbon future. The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change indicates a global resolve to embark on development patterns that would significantly be less GHG intensive. One might assume that nonrenewable resource development and use will also need to decline in a carbon-constrained future. 
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MENA Clean Energy News
Record number of entries for Zayed Future Energy Prize  
A record 2,296 nominations from 112 countries were entered for The Zayed Future Energy Prize. Winners to be announced in January . [Read More] 
UAE and Singapore jointly tackle climate change
Recycling waste, controlling carbon emissions and managing water and electricity are a few of the practices the UAE will be taking from Singapore. [Read More] 
Abu Dhabi rolls out new certifications for electrical installations       
Abu Dhabi is ramping up its efforts to introduce power installations to meet the emirate's rising demand for electricity with another batch of deals to regulate the infrastructure. [Read More] 
Foster + Partners to revamp Sharjah landfill site
UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners has been awarded a major contract by Bee'ah, a leading environmental energy and waste management company in the Middle East, to redevelop a principal landfill. [Read More]

Can the world thrive on 100% renewable energy?
A transition away from fossil fuels is necessary, but it will not be painless. [Read More]

Solar Leads a Recovery in Global Clean Energy Investment
The second quarter of 2017 saw $64.8 billion invested in clean energy around the world, up 21 percent from the first quarter of this year. This marks the highest for any quarter since Q2 2016. [Read More] 
Enhanced solar finance structures unlock higher equity returns
Optimized placement of operations and maintenance costs within project finance structures can maximize returns in the increasingly-competitive utility-scale market. [Read More] 

Power systems based on 100% renewables is nor feasible or realistic
The approach is in direct opposition to those of most forecasters, such as the IEA and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who emphasis on a mix of technologies. [Read More] 

Electricity investment overtakes oil, gas for first time ever in 2016
Investments in electricity surpassed those in oil and gas for the first time ever in 2016 on a spending splurge on renewable energy and power grids as the fall in crude prices led to deep cuts. [Read More] 

Region's renewable energy boom to require $200bn investment
An unprecedented surge of renewable energy projects in the MENA region will need more than US$200 billion worth of investment in the coming years. [Read More] 

Renewable Energy Jobs Increase, European Forestry Sector Jobs Promoted
Green jobs have been the focus of recent developments at the global level and in Europe. [Read More]  

Saudi Arabia looks past oil and pushes ahead with wind energy ambitions   
Saudi Arabia has resumed its efforts to launch the kingdom's first large-scale wind farm, totalling 400 megawatts (MW), according to the country's energy minister Khalid Al Falih. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia to also welcome small renewable energy firms
As big name energy firms are gearing up for entry into Saudi Arabia's renewable energy sector, the kingdom will also offer smaller projects to build an all-inclusive industrial hub. [Read More] 

Bahrain selects Cesi to help with its solar programme
Bahrain has appointed Cesi to support its Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) to develop the technical and regulatory requirements related to connecting distributed renewable energy resources into Bahrain's national electricity grid. [Read More] 

Algeria's 4GW solar tender delayed, again
The country's new minister for renewable energy said that a special committee for the tender will be now established. [Read More] 
Largest Military Base in the Middle East Opens in Egypt
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated a military base in Egypt that is reportedly the largest in the Middle East. [Read More]  
Iran goes big on clean energy
Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian inaugurated 20-MW Mokran Solar Farm in Mahan County in the southeastern Kerman Province on Thursday. [Read More]

Work starts on 30MW project in Iran
The plant, in the city of Jajarm, will be the largest in Iran and follows on from the completion of two 7MW installations and a 10MW site earlier this year. [Read More]

Iranian stalagmites suggest Middle East unlikely to get reprieve from drought
New analysis of Iranian stalagmites suggest the Middle East is unlikely to enjoy a relief from its prolonged drought for at least another 10,000 years. [Read More] 

Solar distributed generation make its entry in Lebanon
The French cable maker Nexans has installed the first project completed under Lebanon's Small Decentralized Renewable Energy Power Generation scheme. [Read More]    
Industry Events and Conferences

26-27 September
Conrad Hotel
Dubai, UAE

Electric Vehicles UAE
26-27 September
Dubai, UAE
SuBITech Workshop 2017
9-10 October
Dubai, UAE

Solar Projects Egypt
9-10 October
Cairo, Egypt

Kingdom Renewable Energy Summit
18-19 October
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dubai Solar Show
25-27 October
Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai, UAE

Solar World Congress
29 October - 2 November
Abu Dhabi, UAE

RetrofitTech KSA
6-7 November
Riyadh, KSA

Utility Scale Solar
14-15 November
Beirut, Lebanon

Big 5 Solar Show
26-29 November
Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai, UAE

Aspen Energy Forum
29 November- 2 December
Rome, Italy

Solar Tec Egypt
2-3 Decemeber
Cairo International Convention Centre
Cairo, Egypt

Saudi Arabia Smart Grid
12-14 December
Hilton Hotel
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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