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Lebanon issues tender for 300 MW of large-scale solar-plus-storage

Through the new tender, Lebanon’s Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) intends to award the contracts for the construction of three 100 MW solar PV plants combined with large-scale battery systems.

Bahrain issues tender for solar IPP project at landfill site

Developers are invited to submit a concept for proposals for an IPP solar project planned to be located in the Askar landfill site, in the Southern Governate of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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Jordan to launch 30 MW storage project

The project is scheduled to come online by mid-2019 and will help the local grid better manage the increasing power generation from wind and solar facilities, which at the end of 2017 had reached a combined capacity of 500 MW.

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ACWA wins Saudi Arabia’s 300 MW solar tender

The Saudi energy company submitted the second lowest bid, an LCOE of 0.08872 SAR ($0.0236) per kWh, while the excluded competitor, a consortium led by Japan’s Marubeni, had offered 0.09976 SAR ($0.0266) per kWh.

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WFES 2018: Three trends driving PV in MENA

Two weeks ago, the 8th World Future Energy Summit opened its doors in Abu Dhabi. The conference and trade show comprised six co-located events across the cleantech spectrum, and attracted over 33,000 visitors across four days. The rapid increase in the scale of activity within the solar sector in the region was on display throughout the show. Here are three key takeaways from WFES 2018.

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Philadelphia Solar secures PPA for 68 MW solar facility in Jordan

The solar module maker expects to reach financial close for the project in the third quarter of this year.

Yemen sees solar energy grow despite civil war

The disrupture of the country’s power system, which is being caused by the ongoing civil conflicts, is pushing Yemenis to resort to solar as a primary source of energy. According to preliminary estimates, more than 300 MW of PV power generators were installed in Yemen since the war began in 2015.

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The weekend read: Solar’s new fertile crescent

Middle Eastern PV: The Jordanian solar sector has enjoyed near-constant growth in recent years, proving that it is a market founded on a sustainable and reliable base. Investors have been wondering for a few years whether Egypt can follow Jordan’s example successfully, and the signs are good that 2018 will prove to be a strong year for Egypt’s solar development. pv magazine explains the forces driving this optimism.

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Lebanon’s 180 MW solar tender moves forward

Overall, 42 bids were submitted to Lebanon’s Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) for 180 MW of tendered PV capacity. The LCEC will now start the evaluation process in two weeks.

UAE: Rooftop specialist Environmena acquired by UK investment firm

U.K. investment firm, Arjun Infrastructure Partners is expected to bring strategic support and access to capital to the UAE-based solar developer.

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