Middle East

DEWA seeks EPC contactors for 60 MW of floating PV in Dubai

The company’s unit Etihad ESCO will carry out the tendering process for the projects, which will be developed on DEWA’s water reservoirs.

Israel’s largest Solar plant to be constructed by Belectric Isreal and Solel Boneh

Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy Ltd, the renewable energy arm of Israel conglomerate Shikun and Binui will own the plant, which will be located near the village of Zeélim.

Hanwha QCells to locate Turkish panel factory in Ankara due to earthquake risks

pv magazine has learned that Hanwha QCells has started the construction of its Turkish panel factory, which the company decided to locate in the country’s capital city Ankara due to earthquake risks. The decision opens the debate about nuclear safety in Turkey even more powerfully.

Jordan connects 12.9 MW PV plant located at refugee camp

Array at the Zaatari refugee camp on border between Jordan and Syria is world’s largest solar plant located within an official refugee camp, the UN says. Facility meets power needs of nearly 80,000 displaced Syrians.

Record quarter for SolarEdge as firm registers 22% growth in Q3

Revenue for the Israeli power electronics company rises 22% sequentially in third quarter to reach $166.6 million. More than 676 MW of inverters shipped helped drive gross margin of 34.9%.

juwi commissions 19.7 MW of unlicensed solar projects in Turkey

The German solar developer and EPC has switched on 19.7 MW of combined solar PV capacity in Turkey, developed as two separate projects at three locations.

Jordan: Nebras Power, AES and Mitsui & Co. split shares in 52 MW PV plant

Facing a 7% increase in the electricity demand per annum, Jordan cannot afford to sit on the sidelines of global solar boom, and is now getting ready to welcome another large-scale solar PV project, whose shares have been split between three major companies.

SoftBank Vision Fund to build 3 GW of solar and storage in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Electricity Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Public Investment Fund and Softbank Vision Fund to create 3 GW of solar and storage capacity in the Kingdom in 2018.

Oman to launch tender for more than 200 MW of solar by end of 2017

The tender, where capacity may even reach 500 MW, is part of the Oman government’s plan to diversify the country’s energy mix.

KAUST researchers look into lateral heterojunction

A team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has published research into heterojunction solar cells using alternative materials to silicon. The researchers hope that the process they developed could simplify the fabrication of solar cells.