Saudi minister prefers solar potential over nuclear energy.

Saudi minister prefers solar potential over nuclear energy.

Solar energy could overtake nuc­lear ambitions in Saudi Arabia as the kingdom looks to shake up its power sector, according to a senior government official. Ibrahim Babelli, Saudi Arabia’s deputy economic minister, said on Wednesday at the Menasol conference in Dubai that not only was solar significantly cheaper, but it also lacked the security risks […]

Whatever happened to Saudi Vision 2030?

Whatever happened to Saudi Vision 2030?

After first pushing backs its renewable goals, Saudi Arabia looks to have vastly reduced plans for PV and CSP deployment. Reports coming out of the country today say that the Energy Minister has announced a reduction of its 2040 renewable goals from 50% to 10% of the country’s electricity supply. While the Middle East Solar […]

DEWA to build the largest CSP plant in the world.

DEWA to build the largest CSP plant in the world.

Dubai has set out to grab another solar pricing record at its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) managing director and chief executive, Saeed Al Tayer, said on Thursday that the utility would build the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the world. The utility has […]

Kuwait Oil Company to employ CSP to extract oil.

Kuwait Oil Company to employ CSP to extract oil.

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) said it was in discussions with companies to use solar energy to extract oil as the OPEC member country looks for alternative methods to maximise production at a cheaper price. As the days of easy oil are over with about 70 per cent of the world’s remaining reserves classified as heavy, countries most commonly […]

IRENA predicts 90,000 jobs in RE sector by 2030 in UAE.

IRENA predicts 90,000 jobs in RE sector by 2030 in UAE.

8.1 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry – a five percent increase from last year – according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at its 11th Council meeting. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the current growth in local manufacturing and project […]

Mott MacDonald helps Africa scale solar.

Mott MacDonald helps Africa scale solar.

Mott MacDonald acted as technical advisor to the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, on the Scaling Solar initiative currently being rolled out across Africa. The scheme supports African governments to procure bankable and affordable solar power projects, which can be rapidly deployed to contribute to their countries’ energy needs. Zambia, […]

Kuwait Al-Shagaya solar and wind project to be completed soon.

Kuwait Al-Shagaya solar and wind project to be completed soon.

Director General of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) Dr. Sameera Al-Sayyed Omar indicated on Tuesday that the ambitious Al-Shagaya Project for renewable energy has begun building a solar power station and a wind power station to be ostensibly completed toward the year’s end. Dr. Omar revealed that in a press statement after having met […]

ACWA POWER fires up concentrated solar plants.

ACWA POWER fires up concentrated solar plants.

47 renewable energy projects are expected to be delivering about 7,000MW of power to SA’s electricity grid, representing about R194bn in private investment. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said in Parliament last week that her department was evaluating bids received under the fourth expedited round for 1,800MW under the renewable energy independent producers programme (REIPP) and […]

ACWA to reach beyond Bokpoort CSP in South Africa.

ACWA to reach beyond Bokpoort CSP in South Africa.

Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the vast expanse of grass and shrubs, distant […]