MENA region's solar boom to be in spotlight at Intersolar Europe

According to a status report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), governments in the MENA region are driving forward the growth of renewable energy by setting ambitious goals and conditions.
MENA region

Sessions on the MENA region and its dramatic embrace of solar energy, including the exciting trend toward solar/diesel combinations and large-scale PV power stations, will be a highlight of the upcoming Intersolar Europe Conference.

The conference will be held 2-4 June 2014 in Munich Germany. Those interested in attending can register here.

While 19 MENA states have now set targets for specific technologies, 18 have even passed laws promoting the use of renewable energy, covering topics such as feed-in tariff requirements, subsidies and net metering.

In response to high electricity prices and their enormous electricity requirements, countries in Africa and the Middle East are tapping the region’s high solar potential by building more and more large-scale PV power plants.

GTM Research and the Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA) predict an annual volume of 3.5 GW in the MENA region’s solar market by 2015.

By 2017, this demand is even expected to exceed 10 GW. 70 percent of this new capacity is set to be installed in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, which looks likely to reach the gigawatt mark by 2015, beating all other countries in the region.

Last year, a number of large-scale projects in Africa showed how the continent can benefit from using photovoltaics as a competitive alternative to generating electricity from fossil fuels.

On Tuesday, 3 June 2014, experts on the Middle East present the region’s political conditions and financing opportunities as well as development trends within market segments along the value-added chain, with a particular focus on the promising PV markets in Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Rising diesel prices and increasing environmental concerns make hybrid PV/diesel systems a serious economic alternative. The session on Wednesday, 4 June 2014, provides information on the global market for industrial and off-grid power supply as well as the usage spectrum, including storage system combinations and telecommunication applications.

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