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Major solar projects to come up in the region

Region is abundantly suited for solar projects

  • By Zaher Bitar, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 17:54 April 16, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: It is expected 500MW to 1GW of solar projects to be tendered across the Middle East from 2014, Ahmad Nada, Vice President of Business Development Middle East, at First Solar, told Gulf News.

“In line with the remarkable growth in the region 500MW to 1GW will be tender per year across the region starting next week.”

“Middle East is very important and convenient for solar energy projects.”

Talking to First Solar’s industry-leading Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) business, the company that is executing the design and the construction of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Solar Park in Dubai, Matt Merfert, Director of projects at First Solar Middle East and Africa, told Gulf News, that he is very optimistic about the solar market in the region as there is a lot of support for it and the Middle East is well-positioned for the solar market due to abundant sunlight, the region’s growing energy needs and a well-established utilities sector.

He said the region in general and the UAE in particular has a high adaptability for latest development and technology integration. As a primary example of best practices in the construction of utility-scale PV power plants, Matt gave a first-hand insight into the 13MW Dewa PV Power Plant, currently under construction and the first phase of the Planned 1GW Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

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