Middle East

Fossil fuel dependence and poor governance? Fasten your seatbelts

A study of the after-effects of the energy transition has considered 156 nations and ranked a surprising winner. Here, energy expert Indra Overland discusses the findings of the GeGaLo Index as part of our series examining renewables and geopolitics.

Israel’s largest solar park comes online

The clean energy arm of Israeli conglomerate Shikun & Binui will own the 120 MW plant near the village of Zeélim.

Turkey to launch 1 GW solar tender in December

The Turkish government is planning to assign 100 solar projects with a capacity of 10 MW each across 39 different provinces via a new procurement exercise. The tender will be held on April 20, 2020.

Jordan renews solar rebates for residential PV

The Kingdom of Jordan’s government has signed an agreement with Jordan Islamic Bank to facilitate the financing of residential projects under the scheme. Selected projects will be entitled to a 30% rebate for installations up to 3.5 kW.

Organic dopants for a stable perovskite

Researchers at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have demonstrated a method they say could improve the stability of perovskite structures. The group found adding an organic dopant served to increase the strength of chemical bonds between organic and inorganic elements of a perovskite.

IRENA predicts LCOE of solar will drop to $0.01-0.05 by mid century

The latest study published by the International Renewable Energy Agency says the average solar electricity cost of $0.085/kWh produced by projects commissioned last year is set to fall to $0.048 next year, and $0.02-0.08 by 2030.

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SolarEdge reports $1bn revenue in nine months

The third-quarter results for the inverter maker are in and look promising. All performance indicators are up for the steadily growing company.

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Turkcell inaugurates data center with 1 MW rooftop array near Ankara

The telecommunications company opened a large data center near the Turkish capital. Turkcell said it wants to improve data security by storing more information on Turkish soil.

Off-grid solar sector witnesses sales of 4.1 million products in six months

Industry body Gogla and the World Bank’s Lighting Global program said the last six months set a record for off-grid solar deployment. Solar home systems and other small off-grid appliances are being used in ever larger numbers.

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Kalyon Enerji finds Chinese partner for 500 MW module fab in Turkey

The factory, backed by the Turkish government in September, was originally intended to be built with the support of Korean solar manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells. The new partner is China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC). Production is planned to start next year.

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