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Jointly hosted by Solarplaza and SASIA, 13 November, 2013
Saudi Arabia’s unique desert environment, and its impact on PV power plant performance, was the centre of discussions at the Desert Solar Conference in Riyadh on 13 November, 2013. Use the links below to download slides and other highlights from the day’s presentations.
- Introduction by Edwin Koot
- Saudi Arabia in the PV Context—Arturo Herrero, Jinko Solar
- KSA as Manufacturing Hub—Imtiaz Mahtab, SASIA/Air Liquide MENA
- Legal issues related to solar investments in Saudi Arabia—Martin Preston, Norton Rose Fulbright
- Desert Solar PV Power Plants—Theodore Tsacheff, Austrian Enviro Technologies
- New Energy Oasis (NEO)-Desert, Solar at KAUST, Lessons Learnt—Tamer Shahin, KAUST
- The impact of desert conditions on inverter performance and lifetime—Manuele Ceccarelli, INGETEAM
- Lessons learnt from PV power plants in the US desert—Dr. Raed Bkayrat, First Solar
- PV Power Plant Performance Under Desert Conditions: Lessons Learnt—Dr. Abdulrahman M. Alamoud, King Saud University (KSU)
- Developing Renewable Energy Projects: A guide to achieving success in the Middle East—Eversheds/Ernst & Young/ESIA
- KACARE Financing Workshop—Tim Armsby, D&P Dhabaan & Partners/Eversheds
Presentation slides from Eversheds’ The Middle East – The new frontier for renewables seminar. Hosted at One Wood Street, London on 30 September 2013.
Presented by Imtiaz Mahtab at Intersolar 2013
In his presentation at Intersolar 2013, Imtiaz Mahtab, Executive Vice President of Air Liquide Middle East and North Africa Electronics explained why Saudi Arabia offers the most compelling solar energy opportunities in the MENA region. His overview includes a summary of key market drivers, the K.A. Care Procurement Program, key technologies, projects, and the role of SASIA in this emerging market. Click here to download a PDF of the slides from this presentation: Saudi Arabia – Solar Market as of June 2013.
This report, while focused on India, offers valuable insights for emerging market solar development in general.
CSE is India’s leading public interest research and advocacy organization, based in New Delhi. The Renewable Energy Team at CSE recently released its Citizen’s Report on the State of Renewable Energy in India. This report, the first of its kind, takes a holistic view of renewable energy development in the country.
Researchers from CSE travelled across the country and documented the performance of various large and small scale renewable energy projects. The team reviewed solar, wind, small hydro, biomass, municipal waste-to-energy and decentralised renewable energy sectors. Their analysis included the performance, trends, policy challenges and barriers to developing these sectors further.
Published by Eversheds and Ernst & Young, May 2013
This report provides an overview of the key areas which need to be understood when embarking on the development of, or bidding for, a renewable energy project in the Middle East. Regions covered in detail include Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. An appendix on the unique practices of Sukuk financing (Islamic economic activities based on the principles of Sharia), and its potential applications in the renewable energy market, is also included. Download the PDF: “Developing renewable energy projects: A guide to achieving success in the Middle East”
by Khaled Masri and Dev Raheja
Continuing the analysis begun in the previous paper, this report provides a roadmap for developing photovoltaic manufacturing industry in the GCC region. Download the PDF.
Modernizing Saudi Arabia’s quality infrastructure will improve competitiveness of its emerging solar industry
by Khaled Masri, Managing Director, Standards Associates, LLC
This paper describes a project plan for standardization, testing and certification for solar energy modules and components in Saudi Arabia. It is based on a study conducted by Standards Associates, LLC under contract with the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2012. Download the PDF.
The Potential of PV in Saudi Arabia (September, 2013)
Renewable energy initiatives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may soon create an attractive new market for international solar partnerships. The first major report to focus exclusively on concrete solutions and practical approaches for Saudi Arabia was released at the 2nd PV Briefing & Networking Forum Saudi Arabia, hosted by the global network initiative Joint Forces for Solar and the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA). Click here to download a PDF of the report: Sleeping Giant or Mirage? (PDF).