MENA Clean Energy in Review - September 2015 

CEBC Appoints new CEO
Welcome back and I hope you all had an enjoyable break over the summer period. It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of a new CEO for the Clean Energy Business Council and I am delighted to welcome Claudio Palmieri as its new Chief Executive.
Claudio has represented the organisation during the last twelve months in his capacity as a Technical Director and Advisor to the Board.  He brings to CEBC more than 20 years experience in the power and renewable energy sectors and has worked in commissioning, engineering, project management, service, sales, project development and business development for power, renewable energy and Oil and Gas for companies including ABB, MTU and Kharafi National. Claudio has also held a number of previous Directorships in various private sector companies.
Please join me in welcoming Claudio to his new role of CEO.
Nasser Saidi

CEBC Exclusive:  Launch of Oman's Renewable Energy Strategic Research Program 
The Research Council of Oman (TRC), has been mandated by the  Government of the Sultanate of Oman to initiate a Renewable Energy Strategic Research Program. As a partner of the Oman Research Council, Clean Energy Business Council is pleased to support this exciting program which will focus on four key themes outlined in the   attached paper.

Over the next two months TRC plans to issue an invitation to receive proposals for potential research and technology Pilot Projects with the most promising proposal(s) being selected for realization, either funded by the Omani Government or including a finance proposal over 5 years which will include operation and maintenance.  

Update from the CEO
Now that summer is over we welcome everybody back. We hope all of you had a chance to escape the heat and take a well deserved break.   Over the next couple of months CEBC will be focusing on Membership Value and on how we can add more value to your business. We will continue in our efforts to create a forum where CEBC members get the chance to engage in meaningful discussions with important stakeholders such as Regulators, Utilities, Municipalities, Research Organizations, Universities and Government Entities.

I am looking forward to meeting all CEBC members in person and to learn directly from you what is important to you and your organisation  and how CEBC can make a difference. Meanwhile please contact me directly whenever you have any comments, questions or suggestions at
or mobile +971 50 660 1547.

The CEBC team is organizing a number of exciting events with our next breakfast event Clean Energy Project Financing in MENA in Dubai in November, CEBC's 4th Annual MENA Clean Energy Conference in December, a thought leadership breakfast briefing on Emerging Markets: Focus on Iran in January, and our Clean Energy Trade Envoy to Oman in March. Please regularly check our event schedule for details and contact us whenever you are interested to get actively involved.

Wishing you all EID Mubarak!

Claudio Palmieri

CEBC in MENA: Latest Clean Energy Developments and Opportunities
Interview:  Jeremy Crane, Director, Clean Energy Business Council & CEO, Yellow Door Energy
Jeremy Crane, CEBC Director and CEO of  Yellow Door Energy discusses the state of the renewables market in MENA and the exciting opportunities that the cleantech sector in the MENA region presents to CEBC members. 

Meet CEBC's New CEO!
ZIWIRA Online: TV Interview with Claudio Palmieri
Claudio Palmieri talks to Ziwira about CEBC's aspirations for the cleantech industry, its objectives, and shares CEBC's vision for the renewables market in MENA and how, as an organisation CEBC can support its members, and the private and public sectors to achieve these goals.  [Watch the video]

Solar Savings | Utilities-me
Interview:  Daniel Zyvietz, Vice Chairman CEBC
Daniel Zywietz had become bored of waiting for the solar revolution to come along so he decided to take matters into his own hands. He quit his consulting job in Dubai and launched himself into a new venture targeting the market for off grid temporary solar hybrid power.  [Read the Article]

Egypt's Renewable Energy Program | Sky Arabia News
Interview: Eng. Lamya Abdel Hady, Egyptian Ministry of Renewable Energy
CEBC was delighted to host representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Renewable Energy earlier this year for a series of events and high level discussions around the country's ambitious renewable energy plans.  Eng. Lamya Abdel Hady, Director of Egypt's Solar FiT Program for the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) discusses Egypt's solar program with Sky Arabia News.  

Energy Review: Energy Efficiency | Capital Business Magazine
Author: Claudio Palmieri, CEO, CEBC
Whilst googling Energy Efficiency you might stumble over the following information on the Wikipedia website: "According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), improved energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes and transportation could reduce the world's energy needs in 2050 by one third, and help to control global emissions of greenhouse gases."  [Read more]

CEBC School's Program: Clean the Air We Breathe - Competition
CEBC's Education Initiative in schools saw kids across the UAE brave the warm temperatures in June and get busy planting trees to help protect the environment against the damaging effects of pollution.  We are delighted to announce the winning school with the highest percentage of trees planted is Raffles World Academy-Dubai. Sponsored by Airlite, the winning school will have their building painted with Airlite Paint which absorbs carbon dioxide, helps purify the air, and increases energy efficiency by cooling the building and cleaning the air going into the Air Conditioning System.   Visit our Schools website here and to get involved please contact Sarah De Clercq

New Member Services
CEBC Members Sponsored Content
This new section of our monthly newsletter is dedicated to coverage of CEBC members articles,  press releases, case studies, feasibility studies and reports.
The service is free for CEBC members. To contribute to next month's Clean-Energy-in-Review please submit your piece to by the 15th of October

Clean Energy Project of the Month
Members may submit a summary (maximum one A4 page) of their current project(s) for inclusion on our website.  Each month, all submissions will be reviewed and three shortlisted projects will be presented to the CEBC Board of Directors who will select one Project to be featured in our newsletter.
Please send your submissions to by the 15th of each month.

CEBC Events

Islamic Project Financing: A New Pat h
26 October 2015
9:00am to 12:00pm
Level 1, Lecture Theatre,  DIFC Centre of Excellence - Gate Village 2
By Invitation

The Middle East Clean Energy Business Council  is delighted to partner with  I slamic Finance News (IFN)   for this
by-invitation breakf ast seminar on Islamic Project Financing. In coordination with the  Government of Dubai , the Dubai Economic Council , Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre , DIFC and DFSA, you are invited to attend this high level seminar focusing  on Islamic Project Financing within the country's growing sectors of Islamic financial markets.    The presentations will be followed by a thought leadership open round table discussion  and networking, and will culminate with an in-depth report.

Please note seats are limited.  For the full event program and to register your interest, please click here



Event Manager

Project Financing Clean Energy in MENA
Breakfast Briefing
5 November 2015
8:30am to 12:00pm
Dubai, UAE
CEBC Members Free | Non Members  AED300

Renewable energy project financing is complex.
Clean Energy Business Council in collaboration with  Engie and   The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association welcome you to join us for an interactive seminar to discuss sustainable  clean   energy project financing in MENA, and new ways of thinking about finance and capital.  Our leading global industry experts will shed light on project financing structures, latest financial innovations share case studies   and   discuss  the role of multilateral banks in supporting developers compared to local financiers.

This event provides a fantastic opportunity for developers, finance institutions and industry stakeholders to share ideas and to meet potential partners through this networking series.


CEBC Annual MENA Clean Energy Forum
8 December 2015
9:00am - 3:00pm
Dubai, UAE
CEBC Members Free | Non Members AED500

CEBC is delighted to once again host our highly successful 4th   Annual MENA Clean Energy Forum in December. The  conference provides a unique platform that brings together key stakeholders from the private and public cleantech and renewable energy sectors in the Middle East and North Africa to further the development of new sustainable policies, strategies and technologies across the region. You will meet senior officials, government dignitaries, and global experts from the fields of smart grids, energy and water efficiency, and renewable energy.

For details on sponsorship opportunities and how you can participate as a guest speaker, please contact Sarah Fitzgerald at

Emerging Renewables Market: Focus on Iran
High Level Thought Leadership B reakfast Briefing
19 January 2016
8:30am - 10:30am
Hilton Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Free (Invitation Only)

CEBC Clean Energy Trade Envoy to Oman
15-16 March 2016
Muscat, Oman

Please reserve the  15th and 16th of March 2016  for the upcoming Clean Energy Trade Envoy in Muscat, Oman to be organized in cooperation with relevant Omani Authorities. Details will be published soon.

Reports and Publications

Sustainable Development in the GCC - A Trillion Dollar Opportunity | The Gulf
Author: Jo Rowbotham, CEO, Te Whiti Services
It is 2030.  There is no poverty, no hunger, we are healthy and we have equal opportunities.  We have foundation education and fulfilling employment, and we are innovative.  Our economies are growing and our energy and water is reliable and clean.  Technology is interspersed in our lives and we live and work in safe, peaceful and resilient cities and settlements.  This is the world we want according to the United Nations, which has set forth 17 sustainable development goals which are expected to be agreed in September by UN member states and to guide our next 15 years.   [Read more]

Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) 2015 | EY
There is no business as usual. Structural reform in the classic utilities sector is inevitable, as is structural change in the capital markets that serve it. The cost-effectiveness and dispatchability of renewables cannot be ignored by even the most ardent deniers, whatever their agenda. New technologies and new ways of buying and selling power are changing everything.   [Read more]

Smart Cities, Not Just the Sum of It's Parts | Deloitte Special Report
As "smart" technology proliferates around the globe, the movement within cities to apply these innovations to the most pressing problems has given rise to the concept of a "smart city" - a city which uses information and communication technology (ICT) to improve the sustainability and efficiency of the cities and its services.  [Download Report]

The Energy Potential of Water
Researchers at MIT and Masdar Institute are developing a solar water splitting technique to increase the potential of hydrogen as a source of energy. 

CEBC Member Sponsored Content

Dubai financing company makes solar power more accessible in the UAE
Dubai businesses can now generate solar power with a lease-to-own option as the industry's first financing company in the UAE opens its doors.  Yellow Door Energy, the brainchild of the clean energy investment firm Adenium Capital, will finance solar systems in Dubai for commercial entities such as businesses, schools and government offices.  [Read more]

Enel Green Power, the Italian renewable energy firm, has commissioned the world's first geothermal-biomass hybrid power plant.   The firm announced in July that it has added 5 megawatts of biomass power generation capacity to an existing 13 megawatts geothermal power plant in Tuscany, Italy.  [Read more]

Masdar wins UN special award for clean energy leadership
Yesterday in New York City, Masdar received a special recognition award from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) for its leadership in innovation that advances sustainable energy. [Read more]

ENGIE invests $6mn in energy storage startup
ENGIE has invested $6mn in Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), a California-based startup specialised in energy storage, through its Corporate Venture Fund ENGIE New Ventures.  This investment makes the company formerly known as GDF Suez the largest strategic investor in AMS [Read more]

Backing urged for UAE solar energy sector
Energy chiefs yesterday urged banks and policymakers to get behind the  solar sector as industry leaders gathered in ­Dubai.  More than US$50 billion of investment is expected to funnel through the Mena region's solar energy industry over the next five years, but regulatory framework and financing remain a hurdle. 

Dewa clears hurdle on third phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) is gearing up for the third phase of its 3,000 megawatt  solar park after choosing KPMG as its lead consultant.  Expressions of interest are now being accepted for the 800MW third phase in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar photovoltaic (PV) park, located about 50 kilometres south of Dubai.  [Read more]

Financial security by solar firms helps governments award credible contracts
There is a push to award US$2.25 billion of solar projects that would power almost a quarter of a million homes throughout the Mena region this year. And Jordan plans to give out 13 per cent of that total, although some questions remain about the ability to carry out these projects.  [Read more]

Solar in spotlight with UAE fuel subsidy liberalisation
As the Governement's move to liberalise fuel subsidies places UAE petrol and diesel closer in line with world market prices, the fluctuation may represent a more difficult path for solar power providers.  [Read more]


Featured Jobs

Start Date
Yellow Door Energy
UAE Vice President of Sales
Yellow Door Energy, a Dubai-based solar energy finance company, is looking for a UAE Vice President of Sales. This role involves d eveloping a local sales strategy, setting targets and executing to plan. Yellow Door does both direct sales and also works with channel partners, and the VP Sales will be required to support channel partners as needed. The successful candidate  will have t en or more years of professional experience (in the Middle East a plus) and exhibited e xceptional performance over five or more years in a quota-carrying sales role. Outstanding technical communication skills and a strong grasp of solar technology and finance are a plus. To apply please contact Lee Bremer

Start Date
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Senior Solar Energy Specialist
IFC Energy and Resource Efficiency (E&RE) works with firms across the value chain to develop competitive, clean, high quality and affordable modern energy solutions. We help accelerate development of commercial markets to increase the production of renewable energy and improve people's access to modern energy services.  In power generation, among other activities, we assist developers to identify and prepare solar PV projects; also, we work with investors to carry out due diligence of solar PV projects. 
As part of E&RE program, we require the services of a Senior Solar Energy Specialist on a Short Term Consultancy (STC) basis to provide technical advice to E&RE. [Read more]

MENA Clean Energy News

Oman: Utility plans 7 renewable energy plants
Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO), a subsidiary of The Electricity Holding Company (Nama Group), plans to roll out a further seven small-scale power projects based on solar and wind energy resources - a move that is set to cement its reputation as a pioneer in renewable energy development in the Sultanate. [Read more]

UAE Ministry continues campaign against claims over air quality
ABU DHABI // Government organisations have continued their fightback against claims that the UAE has the most polluted air in the world. Earlier this year, the World Bank released  The Little Green Data Book,  which said the country had particle pollution levels (PPM) much higher than the World Health Organisation's recommended guidelines. [Read more]

Iran and Spain sign clean energy deal
Iran and Spain have signed a renewable energy agreement and will collaborate on designing and manufacturing clean technologies.   Iranian firm Sunir and Spanish company Bester confirmed the agreement on Monday and will launch regional and international clean energy projects, according to Iran's official state news agency Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). [Read more]

Oman should introduce solar Feed in Tarriff scheme
A Feed in Tarriff scheme could encourage the installation of as much as 1.4GW of rooftop solar capacity in Oman.   Muscat Governate alone could contribute 450MW, equivalent to a medium sized gas-fired power plant, according to a report in the Oman Daily Observer.  These are the main findings of a report commissioned by Oman's Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW).   [Read more]

Oman identifies 15 sites for wind projects
Oman has identified 15 sites around the country suitable for wind power projects.  The Oman Wind Atlas Project is an initiative launched by the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW), to encourage investment in the Sultanate.   [Read more]

Energy Recovery awarded $1.4mn solar desal deal in Saudi Arabia
Energy Recovery announced an award for $1.4mn to supply its PX Pressure Exchanger® technology for the world's first large-scale solar-powered desalination plant, located in Saudi Arabia[Read more]
Saudi Arabia grappling with surging domestic energy demand
ALKHOBAR: Saudi Arabia's ambitious plans to become a world leader in installed solar power appear to have run into the sand amid disagreements over their scale, ownership and technology.  Saudi Arabia announced three years ago it wanted to install 41 gigawatts of solar electricity by 2032 to help meet surging local demand for energy as the Saudi population increases rapidly and the economy grows strongly.   [Read more]    

Renewable-Power Investment Beats Thermal for First Time at EBRD
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has more investments in renewable energy than in thermal power generation for the first time.  The London-based development bank invested 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion) in renewable energy generation between 2006 and 2014, compared with 3.65 billion euros for thermal power, according to a  statement  posted on its website.   [Read more]

Kuwait signs $385M solar energy project
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait signed a contract worth 116 million dinars ($385 million) with Spain's TSK Group Thursday for a 50 megawatt solar energy project as part of its renewable energy drive.  The oil-rich Gulf state has a multi-billion-dollar plan to meet 15 percent of power demand from renewables by 2030.   [Read more]

Making Electricity in Egypt Smarter
Researchers at Egypt's Helwan University have designed an internet-based power monitoring system that proves no country is too large for a smart grid.  Once a futuristic vision, the smart grid concept is now a reality in many parts of the world, including Japan, Spain and North America. In its simplistic form, the idea involves modernizing existing electrical grids into more efficient, digitized systems that can integrate the action of all connected users. In the Middle East, Dubai has demonstrated to be ahead of the game with a preliminary initiative that will see 200,000 smart meters installed throughout the city by 2016 - a number that will rise to 1.2 million by 2020.   [Read more]  

Morocco opts for a bit of sun with new solar programme
Morocco has announced a new solar programme with the first phase totalling 25 megawatts, but the small size could deter some large companies from investing.   The Saudi Arabian solar powerhouse Acwa Power is known for going after large projects. Acwa is already involved in Morocco's solar sector for three phases of the Noor concentrated solar power (CSP) project totalling 510MW with another 160MW for the Ouarzazate CSP plan. Still, Acwa is one larger player that might not be discouraged by the smaller size of the new project 

Industry Events and Conferences

26-27 October 2015, Doha, Qatar

28-29 October, Dubai

1 November 2015, Doha, Qatar (Date TBC)

23-24 November, Dubai, UAE

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