Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:41:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ECRA Calls for Feedback on Small Scale PV System Regulations Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:10:05 +0000 Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 21.09.02

Update May 1, 2017: The deadline has been extended to Sunday, May 7, 2017

April 17, 2017

The Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA) is completing the drafting of a small photovoltaic solar system that sets out the regulatory requirements related to small photovoltaic solar systems related to the distribution system in Saudi Arabia. The regulation also establishes the net measurement method for energy consumed at the connected facility, to the electricity distribution network, while ensuring the efficient and safe installation, maintenance and operation of small photovoltaic solar systems in all installations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their impact on the electricity system.

The regulation includes a model agreement between the service provider and the consumer qualified for the installation of small photovoltaic solar systems sets out the terms and conditions and responsibilities of the parties. The regulation also specifies the requirements and requirements for qualification of contractors or consultants, expertise, competencies and training required by employees wishing to undertake work related to small photovoltaic solar systems.

The completion of these regulations is an important step in the deployment of small photovoltaic solar applications in the Kingdom, and therefore invites the Electricity and Producing General Authority to participate in the presentation of observations and observations on the small solar photovoltaic regulations document available at the following link:

Click here for Arabic version

For English version click here

All comments and comments on the regulations may be sent to the Commission no later than 01/08/1438 H corresponding to 27/04/2017 at 3:00 pm. To one of the following addresses:

A. Email:,

B. Handling (hard copy or electronic) by hand or by mail to the following address:

Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority
General Directorate of Technical Affairs
Pour. 4540 Riyadh 11412
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

C – by fax at 00966112019113

In response to the call from ECRA, SASIA would like to invite industry experts to share their feedback and comments.

Contributions are accepted either through the Google Sheet (an online document) or through joining the live discussion at Whatsapp Group,

Good Sheet document is available at this link 


To join the Whatsapp group, kindly click on the image below or follow this link:

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The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:56:50 +0000

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The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) is an office within the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and serves to deliver renewable energy across the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030. The REPDO reports to a committee, chaired by H.E. the Minister that is tasked with overseeing the delivery of the NREP. The committee brings together heads of the various Kingdom stakeholders involved in energy research, measurement, data acquisition, regulation and predevelopment including, King Abdallah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA), Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).

For more information please visit REPDO website:


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Saudi Arabia Announces Qualified Companies for Round 1 of National Renewable Energy Program Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:29:52 +0000
  • Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) Shortlists 27 Companies for its Solar Project and 24 Companies for its Wind Project 
  • More than 120 companies Submitted Statements of Qualification for Round 1 
  • His Excellency Khalid Al Falih to Announce RFP Stage during Inaugural Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy Investment Forum (SAREIF) next week 
  • International Renewable Energy Agency Director General H.E Adnan Amin and Former US Secretary of Energy Dr Ernest Moniz to speak at Forum 

Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, April 10, 2017: The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, has shortlisted qualified companies for round one of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP). The qualified bidders have been identified based on a clear set of criteria that ensures bidders are both experienced and capable of delivering utility scale renewable energy projects.

REPDO has qualified 27 companies for the 300MW solar PV project, and 24 companies for the 400MW wind farm. The qualified companies will proceed to the RFP stage as either ‘managing members’, ‘technical members’ – or both – based on their experience in delivering IPP projects of this scale.

Companies that have not qualified as either a managing or a technical member for round one, can still be involved in both projects as part of a consortium formed by a qualified managing member and technical member. The shortlisted companies have been selected from 128 total applications. The request for qualification (RFQ) period closed on March 20th, 2017.

“The market response to the Kingdom’s invitation to its first renewable energy projects has been overwhelmingly positive, demonstrating market confidence in our vast renewable energy potential and investment environment,” said His Excellency, Khalid Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

“The shortlisting represents the first step towards realizing our renewable energy ambitions,” continued H.E Al Falih. “We look forward to engage more with these leading private developers during the next phase of the procurement process to demonstrate the value that they may bring to the Kingdom.”

His Excellency, Khalid Al Falih will announce the next phase of the Kingdom’s first utility scale renewable energy projects during the inaugural Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy Investment Forum (SAREIF), taking place next week in Riyadh on April 17-18.

The two-day event will feature a keynote address from the Minister, followed by further keynotes by H.E Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Dr. Ernest Moniz, former US Secretary of Energy , who was responsible for implementing the US Clean Power Plan.

SAREIF will also feature several other prominent representatives of the Kingdom’s energy community including H.E Mohammed Al Jasser the Chairman of the Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, H.E Hashim Yamani the President of King Abdullah Center for Atomic and Renewable Energy, H.E Abdullah Al Shehri the Governor of the Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority. The event will mark a key moment in Saudi Arabia’s progress towards energy diversification, helping to catalyze investment in the long-term program by facilitating dialogue between policy makers, developers, investors and academics from the region and around the world.


Companies that qualified as managing and technical members for the 300MW Solar PV project, under the National Renewable Energy Program are:

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For more information on the agenda and to register your attendance at The Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy Investment Forum, please visit:

About the National Renewable Energy Program

Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) is a long term, multifaceted renewable energy strategy designed to balance the domestic power mix in order to deliver long term economic stability and prosperity to the Kingdom, whilst working towards carbon reduction commitments. The NREP is managed and executed by the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM), directly supporting Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Program (NTP) and Vision 2030. The office responsible for the delivery of the NREP is The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), an official office within the MEIM. The Program will be phased and rolled out in a systematic and transparent way to ensure that the Kingdom benefits from the cost-competitive nature of renewable energy. The National Renewable Energy Program aims to substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix, targeting the generation of 3.45 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2020 under the National Transformation Program (NTP), and 9.5GW by 2023, towards Vision 2030.

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Saudi Arabia Solar Industry : Country Focus Report 2017 – Solar Energy Beyond 2017 and Vision 2030 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:55:12 +0000 Saudi Arabia to kick-start the world’s most anticipated solar market

Riyadh, 14 February 2017 – Saudi Arabia has captured the attention of the global solar industry since the beginning of 2017. With 9.5 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity to be deployed by 2023, the next six years are set to witness major transformations in the kingdom’s power market.

The Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources has already confirmed that it would be requesting qualifications for the first round of projects on February 20, 2017. Comprising 300 MW solar and 400 MW wind power, these tenders are planned to be awarded in September 2017.

“Saudi Arabia presents a sizable market where up to $50 billion will be invested in renewable energy development by 2023. The government has also increased its budget expenditure for 2017 by eight percent, taking it up to $237 billion,” said Browning Rockwell, founder of the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA).

“Now is the time for local and international companies to explore complementary alliances that would enable them to participate in the kingdom’s solar market,” Rockwell added.

In support of the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 and National Transformation Plan (NTP), SASIA has released a country-focus report with exclusive insights into the local market. The new report provides in-depth perspectives from some of the key stakeholders, including regulators, manufacturers, bankers, developers and EPC contractors who are active in the country’s emerging solar market.

“With the ongoing support of our stakeholders, SASIA will accelerate its momentum towards Vision 2030 objectives, whilst continuing to provide a platform for international institutions to engage with the local market,” said Rockwell.

Saudi Arabia Solar Industry : Country Focus Report 2017
Subtitle Solar Energy Beyond 2017 and Vision 2030

Download the report:


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Solar Fair Pakistan Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:58:37 +0000

Solar Fair Pakistan 2017 is design to serve and advance the solar market by bringing together the industry leaders, manufacturers and leaders to seek new business technologies, business solutions and other market factors. The objective of Solar Fair Pakistan 2017 is to increase the share of solar power in the energy supply around the globe.

The main focus of this exhibition is to highlight the importance of the most practical and readily available non-conventional renewable resource i.e. Solar Energy. Studies suggest that the reliance of solar energy can be effective in combating the current power crisis in the country. Many developed economies have already started utilizing clean and renewable energy solutions due to which their installation cost has decreased globally. This is high time that Pakistan began to adopt this trend so that it can get over the energy deficit and speed up the rate of its growth.

Solar Pakistan will be the biggest energy event in Pakistan to bring together the decision makers, stake holders and concerned authorizes on one platform where they can discuss a way forward on how to move ahead with a plan to control the ever increasing energy deficit in Pakistan.


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International Conference: Minerals in Renewable Energy Mon, 31 Oct 2016 06:00:19 +0000  

Under the Patronage of H.E. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources

The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) would like to cordially invite you to the International Conference “Minerals in Renewable Energy” which is going to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (14-16 February 2017).

Conference brochure (Download link)

For more information, kindly contact:

Mr. Nader Eskander (+966 505704552) Eskander.ns  @

Mr. Mian K. Habib (+966 545098206)  @


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Presentations from SASIA Breakfast Briefing — Feb. 26, 2015 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:58:31 +0000 This joint event hosted by SASIA and the Solar GCC Alliance featured updates on market conditions in the region. Click the links below to download slides from the following presentations:


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SASIA & Solar GCC Alliance exhibiting at Solar Middle East Exhibition and Conference Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:31:14 +0000 SME-logoThe Solar GCC Alliance & SASIA will be exhibiting at the upcoming Solar Middle East Conference in Dubai. Stop by and visit us at Stand # MF15.

Solar Middle East is the most comprehensive gathering of solar technology suppliers in the region, providing you with an unrivalled opportunity to see the latest developments in solar.


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Arzon Announces uModule Platform Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:04:38 +0000 arzoncspmodule-300-150220The California-based Arzon Solar team is excited to unveiling the uModule CPV platform. Unlike most CPV products, which are targeted specifically to the utility-scale segment of the solar market, uModule is designed to empower products in every market segment of solar, including industrial, commercial, off grid, remote, mobile, utility and as an alternative to rooftop.


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The power business: Interview with Alfanar Construction Executive Manager T&D & Power Business Wassim Mallouhi Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:47:27 +0000 Mallouhi-WFES-2015In this exclusive interview with SolarPV.TV at the World Future Energy Summit 2015 in Abu Dhabi, Wassim Mallouhi of Alfanar Construction talks about his company’s work in Saudi Arabia, including their participation in a tender for solar CSP projects.

Watch the interview from SolarPV.TV.


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