MENA Clean Energy Month in Review 

Roundup by the GM
Dear Members and Colleagues 

Welcome back and I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful break over the summer.

This month CEBC hosted an informative technical webinar focused on CSP Tower Technology for the MENA region with guest speakers from ata Renewables and SolarReserve.  Further details along with a link to listen to the webinar recording and download the accompanying presentations can be found below.

August is shaping up to be another busy month with a number of activities planned for our members and industry stakeholders.  On 30 August we will host a workshop dedicated to waste to energy in MENA, and an event on energy efficiency taking place on 28 September and details of these and more can be found in the event section of our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and wish you a great month ahead.

Best wishes,

Sarah Fitzgerald
General Manager

TV Interview with Sky New Arabia
CEBC Chairman, H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi talks to Sky News Arabia's Alam Al Taqa program about the latest clean energy developments in MENA including investment in renewable energy, technology cost, global demand, challenges and opportunities, legal frameworks and the UAE experience [Watch the Interview]

CEBC Elects Chair and Vice Chair
CEBC Board elect has appointed H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi and Mhairi Main Garcia as Chair and Vice Chair respectively, for the next two year term. The appointment coincides with the Green Sukuk Working Group adding CEBC members Ashurst, Latham & Watkins and National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) to its membership, along with Amanie Advisors, HSBC and Standard & Poors.   [Read more]

Webinar:  CSP Tower Technology for MENA
In partnership with  ata Renewables and SolarReserve CEBC hosted a webinar on CSP Tower Technology for MENA. Special thanks to  Belen Gallego and  Philip Hale for sharing their expertise, experience and insights with the audience. Topics included h ow a CSP tower with molten salt technology works,  dispatch ability capacity and potential to provide  flexibility to the grid,  technological  track record and challenges to overcome, u nderstanding how CSP tower technology can reduce LCOE costs over time  and  how  the increasing competitivity will be achieved. 

New Partner Member
Established in 1987, ENOIA is a multi-disciplinary and project management engineering company with a proven track record of over 29 years in engineering excellence. The Group's global network includes engineering excellence centers in Athens, Cairo, Dubai and Chennai, in addition to local offices in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. ENOIA is structured in 3 sectors: Water & Infrastructure, Energy and Industrial, providing a comprehensive range of services in diverse markets and industries  [Read more]

CEBC Events

Renewables Revolution: Waste to Energy Workshop
30 August 2016
8:30am to 2:00pm
Shangri La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

This workshop followed by networking luncheon, will look at harnessing the potential of smart technologies and process innovation in developing efficient, sustainable and forward-looking waste management strategies. Global experts will provide insights into key challenges facing the region's waste management and recycling efforts, trends and policies, as well as the latest innovations and regulatory frameworks. Industry leaders will share case studies and lessons learned, discuss financial models and funding mechanisms and will  investigate the potential for landfill remediation in the UAE; providing key insights into feasibility studies and risk assessments to determine the viability of and future opportunities for site redevelopment.

CEBC Members | Free
Non Members | AED250


Supported by
Workshop: Energy Efficiency in MENA
28 September 2016
8:30am to 2:00pm
Shangri La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

CEBC invites you to join  us for this workshop which will address the economics of energy efficiency in GCC countries, market value, trends and opportunities.  Leading experts will share case studies and identify retrofit solutions to reduce energy consumption, provide energy savings in commercial buildings, and energy performance contracts and options and key elements to manage.  Industry leaders will discuss the best financing mechanisms for helping SME's value and drive energy efficiency, energy efficiency financing and the role of intelligent efficiency - how systems-level integration and intelligence can reduce building energy consumption and operating costs.

IFN Forum: Project & Infrastructure Finance 2016
9 October 2016
8am to 5pm
Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai

CEBC is delighted to partner with Islamic Finance News for the Project & Infrastructure Finance Forum 2016. Covering areas including transport, energy, renewables, power, utilities, education, health care and more, the Forum will explore issues such as capital-raising, investment avenues, public-private partnerships, and the role of intermediaries.

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Strategic Partn er
Reports, Publications & Tools
Unlocking Renewable Energy Investment: The Role of Risk Mitigation & Structured Finance
Scaling up renewable energy calls for mobilising a massive investment increase. Renewables bring far reaching benefits in terms of human health, energy access, environmental protection and the response to climate change, along with the potential to create new jobs around the world. Amid rapidly falling technology costs, meanwhile, renewable energy technologies have become increasingly cost-competitive with fossil fuels.  [Download Report]
Renewable Energy Statistics 2016| IRENA
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has set out to produce comprehensive, reliable data sets on renewable energy capacity and use worldwide. The 2016 Renewable Energy Statistics Yearbook shows data sets on renewable power-generation capacity for 2006-2015, renewable power generation for 2006-2014 and renewable energy balances for 100 countries and areas for 2013 and 2014. Further, it features statistics on investments in renewable energies from 18 major multi-lateral, bilateral and national development financial institutions presented for the period 2009-2014.  [Download Report]
The Group of Twenty (G20) has a leading role in technology development and innovation that can help to accelerate renewable energy deployment. The financing institutions within the G20 represent the bulk of the global financing system .   [Download Report]

CEBC Members & Partners News

Salary bar for UAE solar engineers heats up | The National
The UAE is one of the hottest job markets in solar power, where engineers are likely to double their starting sal­ary ­after earning an emirate-­required certification for rooftop installations. Oryx Solar   [Read more]

Caterpillar's hybrid microgrid promises much for the powerless
Caterpillar recently launched its hybrid microgrid and Decentralized Energy heard from its Electric Power division management about an offering that promises a great deal for the third world in particular. [Read more]

UAE leads renewables development: Mohammed
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, visited today the headquarters of Masdar and IRENA [Read more]

Schneider Electric launches new industrial UPS
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, has launched Gutor PXC, a standardised, fully industrial uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for harsh environments. [Read more]

CSP developers seek cost savings to protect overnight storage advantage
Rising wind and PV capacity is increasing the need for additional dispatchable power that can balance the grid and CSP developers must concentrate on lowering costs to compete against gas-fired generation and the falling cost of PV plus battery systems. [Read more]

Palestine clears way for inaugural 5.7 MW solar plant on the West Bank
Palestinian Authority's Energy Ministry grants license for the first solar park to be developed on the West Bank. Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA will partner with Palestine's Rack Tech to build the plant.   [Read more]

For Masdar, the successful completion of its partner's, Solar Impulse 2, global circumnavigation without a drop of fuel is its third experience of breaking a myth associated with renewable energy [Read more]

World's 1st large scale solar power desalination plant Al Khafi | SolarPV TV
SolarPV TV - The world's 1st large-scale solar powered desalination plant is being built in Al Khafji, Saudi Arabia. Due for completion in 2017, the plant will produce 60k m3/ day of water [Read more]

Dubai to champion hybrid vehicles
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has adopted a strategy to achieve sustainable development to create a low-carbon economy and promote the use of hybrid cars and electric vehicles.   [Read more]

These Clean Energy Projects Pollute More Than Coal Power Plants | Bloomberg
Geothermal wells usually provide a steady supply of clean energy flowing from the natural heat of the Earth. In Turkey, because of a quirk in the geology, some of those wells pollute as much as coal-fired power plants.  [Read more]

Rockefeller Fund Takes First Green Stake in Pivot From Oil | Bloomberg
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the foundation divesting from the fossil-fuel industry it helped create, took its first direct stake in a renewable energy company in a move meant to bolster the fight against climate change. [Read more]

Dubai to explore feasibility of geothermal energy
I Having taken the lead on developing solar power, Dubai is on the hunt for other  renewable sources  of energy, such as the seas of the Gulf of Oman and the steam from the earth. DEWA and  Masdar    [Read more]

MENA Clean Energy News

Dubai to build flower-shaped eco-city in the desert
Desert Rose City has been given the go-ahead and will feature schools, shopping malls, clinics and hospitals, villas and designated housing for Emiratis running on renewable energy. [Read more]

LeAnne Graves: Net metering is shaky ground to build business on | The National
Dubai envisions  solar spanning over large distances and sitting atop every roof with ample room for growth. Until there isn't.  When a big-chain supermarket arrives to a neighbourhood, small businesses start to panic - and the same can be said with the big guys of solar.  [Read more]

Rising sun: the Middle East's renewables revolution
As forecasters predict that the region, along with Asia, will account for the majority of the world's energy demand growth well into the 2030s, some pretty high renewable energy targets [Read more]

Investment in renewables falls 23%, Iran plans first tender | Bloomberg
Global investment in clean energy dropped 23% in the  first half of this year, as the cost of installing solar panels declined and China paused the pace of its spending.  Renewable energy projects attracted $116.4bn in the first six months of the year    [Read more]

Morocco tenders for 380 MW CSP capacity; Europe claims hybrid plant breakthrough
The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy has invited pre-qualifications for the design, financing, construction and operation of Noor Midelt Phase I, consisting of two hybrid PV-CSP projects each of CSP [Read more]

Tunisia Seeks $7 Billion to Fund Shift Toward Cleaner Energy
Tunisia's is seeking to draw a third of its power supply from renewables by 2030, reducing its dependence on natural gas  imports  in a program that will require some $7 billion of investment. [Read more]

Iranian Ministry of Energy and BVPA sign cooperation agreement on solar energy and energy storage
British Photovoltaic Association and The Renewable Energy Organisation of Iran, have signed a cooperation agreement to coordinate the development of up to 1 GW of ground-mount solar projects.   [Read more]

Morocco to halt waste imports for energy
Morocco has suspended imports of European waste to be incinerated for energy after a spate of protests by environmental activists and outrage on social media, officials said last week. [Read more] 

Robin Mills: Carbon tax would kill several birds with one stone | The National
A carbon tax is becoming increasingly popular in policy circles. A fee, paid for every tonne of carbon dioxide (or the equivalent of other climate-warming gases such as methane), raises revenue for the government at the same time as encouraging polluters to cut back    [Read more]

11 essential questions for designing a policy to price carbon
Economists widely advocate  establishing a price on carbon as a central means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the risks of  global climatic disruption  and  ocean acidification . [Read more]

Battery storage for smart grid grows 73% through to 2020
A new report indicates that the global battery storage market for smart grid is set to grow at a CAGR of 73% between 2016 and 2020.  [Read more]

Iceland rocks the world of CO2 emissions
New technology could help end the recent bad run for carbon capture and storage (CCS) - the process of taking carbon dioxide from power stations and industry and locking it away safely underground, in minerals or useful products [read more]

Dubai's first Solar Decathlon draws big response
Universities from 19 international and Middle Eastern countries have registered for the inaugural Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018, which will be held in Dubai, UAE.  [Read more]

This Saudi Startup Has Developed A New System To Clean Solar Panels From Dust And Sand | Forbes
The first thing Georg Eitelhuber saw upon arriving in Saudi Arabia in the summer of 2009, was the sand. Lots of it. "I stepped off the plane, it was a whole new world," he recalls. "The sky was a dusty yellow instead of blue."  [Read more]

Jordan's Newest Mall is a delight of clean power, energy efficiency
Jordan's news leisure and retail destination, the three-story Abdali Mall, is the first large-scale commercial complex in the country to be built in strict accord with international "green standards," including significant reliance on solar energy and the deployment of several strategies to be resource efficient.  [Read more]

Industry Events and Conferences

Powering Resilience with Renewables
1-2 September, Addis Ababa

Wind Power Morocco
5-6 September 2016, Oujda, Morocco

2nd Annual Solar Projects Egypt
6-7 September, Cairo

Inter solar Middle East
19-21 September 2016, Dubai, UAE

25-27 September, Palestine

MENA Investment Exchange: Energy
29-30 September, UK
40% Discount for CEBC Members

Dubai Solar Show
4-6 October 2016, Dubai, UAE

World Green Economy Summit
5-6 October 2016, Dubai, UAE

WFES Energy Efficiency Expo
16-19 January 2017

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