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Middle East grows solar IPP dominance

“Recently a feasibility study aimed at studying the economic viability of a large-scale solar IPP was carried out by the Public Authority for Electricity and Water and Oman Power and Water Procument Co that was later approved by us (AER),”  Eng Hilal al Ghaithi, project manager – renewable energy at AER said at the third German renewable energy conference on Monday.

According to Ghaithi, the project has now moved into the second phase and are working with consultants for the tendering process.

“The size of the project has not been announced yet but we are talking about something around 500MW capacity. The site also has not been finalised. We are considering a number of sites such as Al Mazyouna,” Ghaithi added.

The Daily Muscat reported that the AER is working in coordination with relevant government authorities to develop new policies and regulations that are needed to support and encourage renewable energy investment in Oman.

Dubai invests in large-scale solar

Neighbouring country Dubai, last month announced that construction of the largest solar photovolatic (PV) rooftop project in the Middle East was underway.

Dubai-based DP World made this announced after they had commissioned the installation of 88,000 solar rooftop PV panels on its Dubai facilities as part of its continued efforts to reduce its carbon emissions.

The firm said in a company statement that once phase one is completed in 2017, the project will provide enough clean power for 3,000 homes a year.

Adding that 22,000 tonnes of carbon emissions will be saved annually, the equivalent to taking 4,500 cars off the road. The solar panels will provide 40% of the total energy consumption of Jafza, one of the world’s largest free trade zones.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: “This landmark initiative will have major environmental benefits, and we are pleased to contribute to Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 as well as the UAE vision 2021 for a sustainable environment.” Read more…


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.