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Leading buyout group to back renewable energy development in Middle East, Africa

Financial Times ($): Blackstone, the world’s largest buyout group, is launching a standalone company to invest “hundreds of millions of dollars” in renewable power assets in the Middle East and north Africa, said people familiar with the plans. The new business, named Zarou after an ancient bridge built on the River Nile to connect Africa […]

October 11, 2018 Read More →

Solar to soar in Middle East, Africa this year—GTM

Renewables Now: The Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is expected to see a 170% year-on-year surge in solar deployments this year with the addition of 3.6 GW of fresh photovoltaic (PV) capacity, according to GTM Research. Demand for solar PV is seen to escalate further and lead to 20 GW of annual installations in […]

August 20, 2018 Read More →

Palestine, perpetually short of electricity, turns to solar

Reuters: From orderly rows of solar panels in a field in the West Bank to the chaotic rooftops of Gaza, Palestinians are hoping that harnessing the energy of the sun can reduce their dependence on Israel for electricity. The West Bank only gets around three-quarters of the power its 3 million people need, imported mostly […]

August 9, 2018 Read More →

Analysts: Rooftop market to drive stronger-than-expected 2018 solar uptake in China

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): China’s decision to slow the pace of solar-power development and cut financial aid to the industry has plunged the global solar market into uncertainty. But some industry insiders see bright spots in China’s domestic solar industry in 2018. Longgen Zhang, CEO of China-based polysilicon producer Daqo New Energy Corp., told […]

August 8, 2018 Read More →

Middle East Could Cut Water Woes by Turning To Solar

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Thirsty Middle Eastern and North African countries could tap into their solar energy potential to cope with freshwater scarcity, according to resource experts. Water could be saved by switching to renewable solar energy from fossil fuel electricity generation that uses up water, said the World Resources Institute (WRI). The findings show moving […]

May 15, 2018 Read More →

Three Solar Auctions of Note: France, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia

From Bloomberg New Energy Finance: Three countries provided details of upcoming auctions for renewable energy last week. The French Environment and Energy Ministry said it would invite proposals for 3GW of onshore wind parks over three years, with the first tender planned for November, while Saudi Arabia said that in September it would award its […]

February 7, 2017 Read More →
An Opening for a Better Energy Course in Egypt

An Opening for a Better Energy Course in Egypt

A New Study Suggests How Sound Energy Policy Can Help Modernize the Most Populous Country in the Mideast

“80 Gigawatts of Change,” an important new report commissioned by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Heinrich Böll Foundation offers some crucial and timely detail on how the most populous country in the Middle East might best manage its energy future. Egypt today has an electricity shortage—the country requires 30 gigawatts […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →