Middle East

Hanwha Q-Cells to inaugurate Turkey panel factory in November

The winning consortium of Turkey’s tender for a 1 GW solar PV plant in Konya has announced its plan to also inaugurate a panel factory in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, in November. pv magazine provides an update on the 1 GW PV plant and the solar panel factory.


Spain’s Tamesol breaks into Turkish market bagging 37 MW of projects

Having closed an exclusive partnership agreement with Arevo Enerji Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS to distribute its modules for solar projects in Turkey, Spanish PV manufacturer Tamesol has managed to get a grip on the Turkish market, known for its strict limits on imports of solar modules.

Saudi Arabia issues net metering scheme for small-scale solar

The Middle Eastern country has so far mainly supported large-scale projects. The new rules, which will apply to projects not exceeding 1 MW, will come into force in mid-2018.


Philadelphia Solar to build 12 MWh storage system at Jordan PV park

The lithium-ion large-scale battery will be the biggest in the Middle East once commissioned this year by Al Badiya, a subsidiary of Philadelphia Solar.


Turkey’s first floating PV plant is now operational

The floating solar array was deployed in Istanbul’s Lake Büyükçekmec. The project was realized by a subsidiary of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.


Palestine launches rooftop PV pilot program in Gaza

The $2.5 million initiative will be financed by the World Bank and will enable the installation of around 1 MW of rooftop PV systems.


ABB bags 102 MW inverter order from Jordan

The company’s devices will be used for the Mafraq I and Mafraq II projects, which are being developed by Fotowatio.


Italy’s CESI helps Bahrain implement solar program

The Italian company will provide technical assistance for the implementation of a net metering scheme for decentralized renewable and solar energy projects under Bahrain’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP).

Zorlu Energy to build MW-sized PV plants in Palestine

The Turkish company has signed a MoU with the Palestinian utility JDECO for the construction of an unspecified number of solar plants in the Middle Eastern region.


Solar distributed generation make its entry in Lebanon

The French cable maker Nexans has installed a 600 kW rooftop PV array on the factory of its Lebanese subsidiary Liban Cables. The installation if the first project completed under Lebanon’s Small Decentralized Renewable Energy Power Generation scheme.


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