The first 800MW phase was awarded to a consortium of France's EDF, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (MASDAR), and Green of Africa in May. Initial plans were for the first phase to consist of two separate hybridised CSP and PV plants. The CSP component of each project was planned to be around 150-190MW and the PV component 150-210MW, making a maximum of 400MW for each plant. A similar structure was contemplated for the second phase but this appears to have been rejected in favour of a single plant.
The second phase preferred bidder will design, finance, build, operate and maintain the plant, which will be constructed roughly 20 km north of Midelt on plains around the Moulouya River.
The project company will also sign a 25-year PPA with MASEN and will be owned by a lead member, expected to hold at least 35 pct , as well as a technical member holding 5 pct. MASEN will likely take a 25 pct stake in both the project company and the operations and maintenance company. The second phase is expected to be built on a turnkey basis through a lump sum fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction contract.
MASEN notes the Noor-Ouarzazate I solar project achieved 32 pct industrial integration, while Noor Ouarzazate II and III both reached 35 pct.
(Source: African Energy Live Data, ESI Africa, July, 2019) Contact:
African Energy Live Data, www.africa-energy.com/live-data; Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, www.masen.ma/en;
Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, email@example.com, www.masdar.ac.ae
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The Dubai CSP project's project molten salt tanks will store 15 hours of capacity. The project will involve building an 853-foot solar tower, which its developers claim will be the largest in the world. The solar park as a whole is expected to produce 5 GW gigawatts when completed.
(Source: ACWA Power, Inverse, April, 2019) Contact: ACWA Power, +971 4 248 0800, www.acwapower.com/en
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The 5,000 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site strategic solar park of its kind in the world. The 13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013 using photovoltaic solar panels while the 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park started operations in March 2017. The 800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020 while the fourth phase of the solar park will feature the tallest solar tower in the world at 260 metres and the largest thermal storage capacity of 15 hours.
The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 calls for 75 pct of Dubai's total power output to be sourced from clean energy by 2050.
(Source: DEWA, reve, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: DEWA, www.dewa.gov.ae
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The tender follows Dubai's regional neighbour Abu Dhabi's 2GW solar tender via the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC).
Dubai's Phase V project is due to be commissioned in Q2 2021 and the power generated by the plant will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). Dubai's Phase V project is due to be commissioned in Q2 2021 and the power generated by the plant will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term PPA.
(Source: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Middle East Utilities, 28 Feb., 2019)
Contact: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, www.dewa.gov.ae
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The two power stations have achieved stable full-load operation with hundreds of millions of kWh of electricity already delivered to the Moroccan grid.
The 200-MW Noor II project reportedly has the world's largest installed capacity as a parabolic trough power plant, while the 160-MW installed capacity of the NOOR III is the largest among the world's tower power plants, according to a release.
(Source: Power Construction Corporation of China, Xinhua, 29 Jan., 2019)
Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation of China, +86 1 058381999,
+86 1 058381621 - fax.,
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The project is the fourth phase of the 5-GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park that combines CSP and PV technologies.
(Source: DEWA, PR, Renewables, Others, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: DEWA, www.dewa.gov.ae.
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DEWA expects to generate 25 pct of its power from solar by 2030, increasing to 75 pct by 2050. To that end, the city commissioned the world's largest single-site solar park for Dubai in October 2013. The facility aims to have a 5,000 megawatt capacity by 2030, with a fifth coming from concentrated solar power. (Source: DEWA, PR, Yicai Global, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: DEWA, Waleed bin Salman, Exec. VP Business Development, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae
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Global Urbis is a ground-breaking partnership to enhance climate action in cities around the world. The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund finances climate adaptation and land restoration measures through projects that will benefit some of the most vulnerable communities.
The EIB is partnering with the ISA to support the expansion of solar energy in India and other regions where solar power is one of the most abundant renewable energy sources but where technologies, funding and expertise are often lacking.
The ISA aims to raise $1 trillion by 2030 from public and private investors to invest in such solar projects. In 2017, the EIB provided €1.05 billion of new financing for solar energy projects around the world, and is currently finalizing a new €200 million credit line for renewable energy projects across India. Over the last five years, the EU Bank provided more than €21 billion for renewable energy investment worldwide, including €2.5 billion in photovoltaic and concentrated solar power projects.
The South Africa-based URBIS initiative comprises a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources; a quest to engender cities with greater social-ecological resilience in the context of global environmental change. The initiative aligns with broader international efforts to implement the ecosystem approach and build inclusive green urban economies.
(Source: EIB, TECH2, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org;
International Solar Alliance, www.intsolaralliance.org; Global Urbis, +27 21 202 0383,
+27 21 202 0388,
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The Moroccan government is planning to have renewable energy -- primarily solar -- generate 42 pct of the North African country's energy by 2020.
Since 2015, Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China, has undertaken the construction of NOOR II and NOOR III CSP projects in Ouarzazate.
The NOOR Solar Complex, a four-phase project, is the world's largest CSP station under construction. The NOOR II project has already been put into commercial operation, while the NOOR III project recently achieved its first grid connection target.
Upon completion of all four phases of projects, the NOOR station will generate sufficient power for 1 million or more homes and export surplus electricity to Europe.
(Source: Xinhua, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/sepcoiii-electric-power-construction-corp
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Azelio's technology uses aluminum alloy as a storage media that does not need refilling to maintain its efficiency, as opposed to common storage technologies using salt or water.
Initially, Azelio is targeting projects in 500 kW to 20 MW range and plans to construct a verification project in Moracco in partnership with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy. (Source: Azelio, TradeArabia , 17 June, 2018)
Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46-709-40-35-80
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The project is part of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA) four-phase Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power complex. The 100-MW project will incorporate a 100-MW central tower and three 200-MW facilities of parabolic trough CSP technology provided by Agengoa.
Shanghai Electric is acting as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.
(Source: Shanghai Electric Group, Renewables, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Shanghai Electric Group, www.shanghai-electric.com; Abengoa SA, www.abengoa.com
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A consortium led by Abu Dhabi's Masdar and France's EDF Group are expected to complete for the 2020 third phase of the project and have reportedly arranged $650 million in financing to that end.
(Source: DEWA, The National, 3 May, 2018) Contact:
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971-4-601-9999, www.dewa.gov.ae
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The completed CSP project is expected to provide clean energy to over 270,000 homes in Dubai, estimated to cut 1.4 million tpy of power generation-related carbon emissions.
The $13.5 billion CSP project will altogether generate 1,000 megawatts of clean energy by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030.
(Source: DEWA, Gulf News UA Environment, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, +971-4-601-9999, www.dewa.gov.ae
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The company operates oil and gas projects in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia, but highlighted the need for renewables growth in its 2018-2021 strategy.
The company previously identified a 463 MW pipeline of solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) as part of its 2017-2020 plan, but none of these projects have yet been completed.
Eni had signed a framework deal with GE in 2016 to develop renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, but to-date has no wind power projects installed. (Source: Eni, PR, Various Media, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Eni, www.eni.com/en
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Cleanergy's GasBox waste-to-energy system is installed in a modular container and converts methane gas into electricity. The GasBox is an autonomous and flexible Stirling Engine unit incorporated with a real-time power management system with remote access and optional grid functionality.
The firms will initially install 50MW capacity in 2018, while the remaining 150MW will be installed as a second step that includes energy storage.
(Source: Cleanergy, June, 2017) Contact: Cleanergy, Jonas Eklind, CEO, Alexander Vestin, SVP, Bus. Dev., +46 70 566 7000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cleanergy.com; Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies, www.cccme.org.cn
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NamPower will holda 51 pct stake in the power plants and farm out 49 pct to interested investors, including contractors and financial institutions.
Construction of the CSP power plant will take up to three- and-a-half years, while timelines on the biomass projects have not been revealed.
(Source: NamPower, The Namibian, Bioenergy Insights, 2 May, 2017) Contact: NamPower, Simson Haulofu, Managing Director, +264 (61) 205 4111,
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The 13MW first phase of the solar park was commissioned in 2013. The 200MW second phase is planned to be operational by 2017 followed by 800MW third phase by 2020.
Earlier in 2016, DEWA selected Masdar-led consortium for the development of third phase of the solar park following its lowest bid of power generation price.
The solar park is designed to contribute to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to generate 7 pct of its total power from clean energy sources by 2020, increasing to 25 pct by 2030 and 75 pct by 2050. (Source: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Trade Arabia, EBR, Others, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae
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The German state-owned bank KFW has agreed to provide €710-million ($768 million) in loan funding for the projects. The World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB) will also participate. (Source: Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, SeeNews,15 Nov., 2016) Contact: Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, www.masen.ma
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The plant, with a generation capacity of more than 9 MWe and 4-hour thermal energy storage capacity and 153,000 m2 of mirror area, will generate renewable electricity to be exported via the EDF grid.
SUNCNIM constructed a pilot in 2010 which was validated by the Agency for the Environment and Optimization of Energy Resources (ADEME) in 2012.
(Source: SUNCNIM, AltEnergy, Oct., 2016) Contact: SUNCNIM, +33 494 103 000, www.suncnim.com;
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