Week In MiddleEast: L&T Construction Secures Major EPC Contract for UAE’s Largest Renewable Generation Plant … – SolarQuarter

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L&T Construction Secures Major EPC Contract for UAE’s Largest Renewable Generation Plant

Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) Power Transmission & Distribution business has been awarded a significant Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract for the establishment of an 1800 MWac Solar Photovoltaic Plant in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The project, designated as the sixth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, is poised to play a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions by approximately 2.4 million tonnes annually. Spanning 20 square kilometers, the project will be executed in three phases, with the scope encompassing the construction of a Photovoltaic plant along with associated evacuation and interconnection arrangements, including two Gas Insulated Substations, high voltage underground cabling, and medium voltage distribution networks.

KACST And ACWA Power Collaborate For Clean Energy And Water Desalination Hub In Saudi Arabia


In a significant stride toward advancing clean energy and sustainable water desalination, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and ACWA Power Company have signed an agreement to establish a collaborative “Clean Energy and Water Desalination Technologies Development Center.” The agreement, inked by KACST Vice President Dr Saeed Al-Shehri and ACWA Power’s Thomas Altmann, envisions the center as a hub for scientific research and technical development in crucial areas such as solar energy technologies, energy storage, and innovative materials for desalination membranes.

Oman’s Ministry Of Agriculture To Install 55 Solar Energy Systems For Sustainable Farming In North Batinah

In a significant move toward sustainable practices, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) has undertaken a project to deploy 55 independent 10kW solar energy systems, meeting the power needs of agricultural farms in North Batinah. Launched as part of the fourth edition of the Mustadeem program in collaboration with bp Oman and Nafath Renewable Energy, the initiative signifies the government’s dedication to food security and sustainable farming. Targeting areas affected by Cyclone Shaheen, the solar-powered systems, primarily operating water pumps, contribute to energy self-sufficiency and resilience in the face of grid disruptions.

LONGi Solar Demonstrates Commitment to Green Energy at ACWA Power KAUST 

LONGi Solar proudly announces its active participation in the esteemed ‘Innovation Days’ event hosted by ACWA Power in collaboration with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The event served as a dynamic platform for industry leaders, experts, researchers, investors, and innovators to discuss and showcase groundbreaking projects in renewable energy, energy storage, water desalination, and green hydrogen.

Saudi Arabia’s KAUST Researchers Chart Path To Global Adoption Of Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells

Professor Stefaan De Wolf and the KAUST Photovoltaics Laboratory have laid out a comprehensive roadmap in Science, signalling a significant step toward making perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells a staple in the global clean energy landscape. The focus of their research is to enhance solar efficiency, aligning with Saudi Arabia’s ambitious solar targets. The perovskite/silicon tandem technology, leveraging the strengths of both materials, has already showcased its prowess by achieving record-breaking efficiency. In 2023, the De Wolf laboratory secured two world records for power conversion efficiency, contributing to the rapid progress in this innovative technology.

PVH Cuts Installation Time by 40% with In-House Pre-Assembly

PVHardware (PVH), a leading solar tracker manufacturer, has introduced an advanced in-house pre-assembly process, enhancing solar installation efficiency. This innovation, implemented across all production centers, reduces on-site component delivery by over 85%, cutting solar project installation time by more than 40%. PVH’s factory pre-assembly strategy marks a breakthrough in operational efficiency, leading to substantial cost reductions for its solar projects. This approach benefits not only the company but also provides significant advantages for both end customers and project managers.

Israel’s Electricity Authority Approves Tariff Update To Boost Solar Facility Construction

Israel’s Electricity Authority has given approval for the revision of tariffs for energy production and storage to promote the construction of solar facilities with a capacity between 100-630 kilowatts. The updated rate scales will result in revenue increases of up to 33%, encouraging the development of larger facilities. For instance, a 630-kilowatt facility will now receive around USD 0.09 per kWh, up from the previous rate of USD 0.07. This move aims to align with government renewable energy goals and enhance the reliability, efficiency, and cleanliness of the electricity sector.

UNHCR Targets 97% Sustainable Energy Reliance In Syrian Refugee Camps In Jordan By 2024

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan has declared that the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps for Syrians will shift to nearly exclusive reliance on sustainable energy by the close of 2024. Recent data from the UN agency reveals that 97 per cent of the electricity needs in both camps are fulfilled through solar energy. Solar power stations within the camps cover 60 to 70 per cent of the electricity requirements, while the remaining 30 per cent is sourced from the national grid, relying on carbon-based power stations. An agreement enables the transfer of green energy from a 46-megawatt solar power station in southern Jordan to the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps. Additionally, power generated from two solar power stations within the camps contributes to this initiative, as reported by Al-Mamlaka TV.

Shikun & Binui Energy To Develop 100-130 MW Solar And 180-240 MWh Storage Project In Israel

Israel’s Shikun & Binui Energy has secured a contract to construct 100 MW to 130 MW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity and 180 MWh to 240 MWh of energy storage. The tender was awarded by Trans Israel, the entity overseeing the Cross-Israel Highway. The project, valued at ILS 450 million to ILS 550 million ($119.8 million), will be operated by Shikun & Binui for 25 years before ownership is transferred to Trans Israel. The company plans to sell the generated energy on the open market, anticipating annual revenues of ILS 60 million to ILS 70 million. Construction is slated to begin in Q1 2025, with a completion timeline of six to 12 months. The facilities will be located near six interchanges, and the company is exploring the possibility of developing up to four projects pending regulatory approval.

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