Middle East

Jordan to launch 30 MW storage project

The project is scheduled to come online by mid-2019 and will help the local grid better manage the increasing power generation from wind and solar facilities, which at the end of 2017 had reached a combined capacity of 500 MW.

All metrics point upwards as SolarEdge posts strong 2017 financials

The Israel-headquartered producer of power optimizers and inverters enjoyed a record year in 2017, increasing revenue by 24% to US$607 million and shipping more than 2.5 GW of inverters worldwide.

US government funds $253 million in international solar during 2017

The U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) increased clean energy financing in 2017, despite the arrival of the Trump Administration and an ongoing investigation.


Siemens to work with DEWA on Dubai’s first solar hydrogen electrolysis plant

The German multinational signs memorandum of understanding with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority to build pilot the facility at the vast 1 GW Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

JA Solar supplies mono PERC modules to 35 MW Israeli PV plant

The Ashalim solar park is a 250 MW project that will combine concentrated solar power and photovoltaics once completed. JA Solar is sole supplier of the PV modules.

ACWA wins Saudi Arabia’s 300 MW solar tender

The Saudi energy company submitted the second lowest bid, an LCOE of 0.08872 SAR ($0.0236) per kWh, while the excluded competitor, a consortium led by Japan’s Marubeni, had offered 0.09976 SAR ($0.0266) per kWh.

Lebanon to launch 360 MW solar tender

The new tender will be issued as soon as the ongoing tender for 180 MW of solar projects has concluded. The new round will select another 24 large-scale solar projects, and will be open to bidders that failed to qualify for Round 1.

Philadelphia Solar secures PPA for 68 MW solar facility in Jordan

The solar module maker expects to reach financial close for the project in the third quarter of this year.

Trump opens the door for specific products, nations to be excluded from tariffs

The U.S. President’s proclamation provides a path for specific products to apply for exemption from tariffs, which had been sought by both SunPower and the government of South Korea. Additionally, imports from a number of developing nations are exempt as long as import levels remain small.


Yemen sees solar energy grow despite civil war

The disrupture of the country’s power system, which is being caused by the ongoing civil conflicts, is pushing Yemenis to resort to solar as a primary source of energy. According to preliminary estimates, more than 300 MW of PV power generators were installed in Yemen since the war began in 2015.