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Tesla’s storage facility comes online at Mohammed bin Rashid solar park in Dubai

The 1.21 MW/8.61 MWh storage facility is the second battery deployed at the 5 GW solar park. The system allows bi-directional charging.

Dubai has 298.7 MW under net metering

Most of the generation capacity – around 190 MW – was deployed in the emirate between September 2019 and March 2021.

Extra 217 MW of solar due online at vast Dubai solar field this year

Emirati utility DEWA has said it expects a further 517 MW of photovoltaic and CSP generation capacity to come online this year at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar field, after the first, 300 MW slice of the fifth phase of the sprawling development was recently inaugurated.

Dubai project promises ‘customized, walkable’ building PV

The new headquarters planned by DEWA is intended to consume no more annual electricity than it generates, from a large volume of rooftop and building-integrated PV.

Stanford-UAE collaboration tightens solar module forecasting performance

Utility DEWA is leveraging space technology to improve forecasting as the nation continues to develop its gargantuan solar park in Saih Al-Dahal, 50km south of Dubai.

Huge Vietnamese solar park could hit 2.8 GW within a year

An energy transition investment report published this week has also revealed the former world record low price for solar power announced by the Al Dhafra project in Abu Dhabi last year, has fallen even lower since.

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The Hydrogen Stream: Italy’s Eni lays out plans in Algeria and Egypt, UAE joins race with help from Japan

Italian energy company Eni is partnering with local companies in Algeria and Egypt to explore the possibility of producing green and blue hydrogen in the North African countries. The United Arab Emirates is also collaborating with Japanese partners to develop the country’s hydrogen sector, while in New York, hydrogen has arrived in Long Island.

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New renewables cheaper than legacy coal or gas for almost half the world’s population

Electricity bill payers in nations as diverse as Germany, Greece, India and China should be aware new solar projects can now generate electricity cheaper for them than legacy coal and gas-fired plants.

Strong growth predicted for Middle Eastern solar PV

The Middle East, and the Gulf in particular, has been home to record low solar tariffs in recent years. Major projects are being awarded via tenders, with prices gradually closing in on a remarkable 1 USDct/kWh. Of course, this is no coincidence due to the region’s favorable solar conditions: availability of cheap and sunny desert land, low labor costs, cheap project financing, supportive tax regimes, large projects benefitting from economies of scale, well designed tender structures, and decreasing PV component prices.

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‘Low-cost renewable hydrogen may already be in reach’

If the three record-busting low solar price tariffs recorded in the Middle East in the past 18 months are to be believed, renewables-powered hydrogen in prime sites in the region could already compete with gas-plus-CCS production, according to IRENA. Has the Gulf discovered the new petrol?

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