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Saudi Arabia’s second PV tender draws world record low bid of $0.0104/kWh

The record low price was offered for the 600 MW Al Shuaiba PV IP project, which competed in the second round of the country’s procurement scheme for renewable energies.

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Soft loans for Jordan’s solar rebate scheme

The Jordanian government has announced more financial support for the rebate scheme for residential PV systems and solar thermal collectors.

Solar-powered hydrogen generation hub in Oman

Oman’s Sohar Port and Freezone may become the Middle East’s first green hydrogen generation hub powered by several gigawatts of solar. The project is being supported by the Port of Rotterdam, which owns a 50% stake in the Omani port. Around 3.5 GW of PV is being planned for its area.

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India can’t match Gulf region’s record-low PV tariffs

India’s solar tariffs are some of the lowest in the world, but they’re almost double the Gulf region’s tariffs.

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Qatar’s first storage project relies on Tesla batteries

The 1 MW/4 MWh storage system will be used for a peak shaving application to store power during off peak hours or when the station reaches minimum load and use the stored energy during peak load as well as for improving network voltage

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Big deals in the Middle East

Shanghai Electric has won a contract to build the fifth 900 MW phase of a 5 GW solar park in Dubai. JA Solar also agreed this week to supply 138 MW of PV modules for two projects in Jordan.

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Saudi Arabia outlines new provisions for rooftop PV

The regulations will force power distributors to give more help to homeowners and businesses willing to go solar. The new framework will apply to PV systems ranging in size from 1 kW-2 MW and to all energy consumers.

Israel wants another 15 GW of solar by 2030

Energy minister Yuval Steinitz has announced the country’s 2030 renewable energy target will rise to 30%, with solar expected to account for the lion’s share. Approximately $23 billion more clean energy investment is envisaged this decade.

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Omani oil provider switches on 100 MW solar park

The PV plant is located at Amin, in the southern desert region of the sultanate. The project, tendered by Petroleum Development Oman in early 2018, was built by a consortium led by the Japanese Marubeni conglomerate.

Lowest shortlisted bid in Saudi 1.47 GW tender was $0.0161/kWh

The shortlisted developers are EDF, Total, ACWA Power, Masdar, First Solar, Marubeni, and Al Blagha Holding.

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