23
July

2018 Renewable energy statistics in Italy

In 2018 more than 1 GW of additional renewable energy power was installed in Italy. 450 MW are represented by solar photovoltaics. Thanks to over 113 TWh of energy produced from renewable sources, Italy has exceeded, in 2018 and for the fifth consecutive year, the threshold of 17% of consumption satisfied by renewables. Among the […]

8
July

The legislation of photovoltaic systems in Italy and the new FER 1 Decree

The installation of a photovoltaic system in Italy is very advantageous because there is a favourable legislation and tax advantages that allow users and companies to have a good return on their investment. Moreover it is possible to self-consume the energy produced by the PV plant and sell the surplus on the electricity market in […]

3
June

Challenges of Utility Scale Solar PV Projects

Utility scale solar projects are expanding very quickly around the world, paving the way for many opportunities for investors and solar EPC contractors, but they also present many challenges due to their complexity and very big size. The graphs show continental deployment of solar power plants of 4MWAC and over (source: WikiSolar) Everyone involved in the […]

25
May

Self-consumption and electricity sales options for photovoltaic systems

The self-consumption of electricity from a photovoltaic system is one of the best solutions to reduce the costs of energy bill. For energy-intensive companies the investment becomes very profitable. The energy bill is usually divided into three components: a variable amount expressed in c€/kWh proportional to energy consumptions a power quota expressed in c€/kW per […]

20
May

The advantages of industrial rooftop photovoltaic systems

Industrial rooftop photovoltaic systems can be installed on different types of buildings and bring many benefits to the company that decides to invest in photovoltaic technology. Modularity and wide typology of fastening technologies allow the installation of the PV plant on almost all existing roofs and industrial sheds, including flat roofs, pitched roofs, shed roofs […]

3
May

The importance of choosing a qualified solar EPC contractor

The engineering, procurement and construction of a photovoltaic system might seem an easy activity since a PV plant is made up of different electrical components connected together and there is almost no use of moving mechanical parts. This is not true and it is important to choose a serious and experienced solar EPC contractor for […]

1
April

How much energy does a solar photovoltaic panel produce?

The amount of electricity generated by a sIt is important to understand the project’s purpose and its use case by case.olar photovoltaic panel depends on some factors, such as PV panel technology, dimensions, type of installation, position, location and weather conditions. PV Technology and Efficiency The basic component of every photovoltaic panel is the solar […]

20
March

Utility Scale Solar farms are seeing exponential growth

The powerful economies of scale in solar PV are likely to lead to a progressive reduction in the costs to half of their present levels – enabling additional investments in grid expansion and integration technologies such as storage, connectivity, and demand-response that will increase the value of solar assets. Owing to the low costs of […]

23
January

MENA Solar Energy Outlook 2019

MENA region’s demand for power is witnessing fast growth due to increased activities in the industrial and construction sectors. As of September 2018, the total value of MENA power projects is estimated to be worth US$ 6.2 Bn. Between 2018 and 2022, Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (APICORP) estimates that MENA power capacity is expected to […]

9
January

Enerray’s expanding business in MENA

Antonio Capua is very excited by the opportunities presented by the MENA region. Enerray S.p.A. is one of the global leaders in the design, construction and management of PV power plants, and its clients include some of the best-known brands in solar. For example, multinationals such as Ferrari, Max Mara, ENI, Auchan, Leroy Merlin and many others. It […]

17
December

Algeria starts its renewable energy future with a 150 MW solar PV tender

The fiscal dependence of Algeria from the export of its massive oil and gas reserves, combined with the fact that over 90% of the country’s electricity generation is based on this resources, poses serious problems in facing the growing residential electricity demand. Moreover the slump in prices of oil since the third quarter of 2014 […]

12
November

Oman will build the largest solar park in the region

It all started in 2008, when the National Authority for the regulation of the Electricity (AER), following a study carried out on its initiative on the possible use of renewable energy sources present in the country for power production, has confirmed Oman’s solar potential as one of the highest in the world, and could be sufficient to cover […]

17
October

Utility Scale Solar PV Parks in UAE and Gulf Area

Economic diversification from an oil-based economy, rapid industrialization, growing population, and increasing demand from water desalination facilities have led to an increasing demand for energy in Middle East, making renewable energy economically attractive, especially in the United Arab Emirates. The Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President […]

25
September

Commercial and industrial rooftop solar systems in UAE and Gulf Area

The United Arab Emirates has some of the highest electricity consumption rates in the world. Historically, tariff rates for electricity in the UAE have not reflected actual production costs, due to subsidies applied to electricity bill. The UAE is considering removing all forms of electricity subsidies in the future, replacing this form of inefficient cost […]

20
September

Design and construction of photovoltaic shelters

Photovoltaic shelters are sheds covered with photovoltaic panels, used to create protected and shaded areas in spaces such as car parks and/or other parking areas. Enerray, as a leading company in the design, installation and maintenance of industrial photovoltaic systems, is also specialized in the construction of photovoltaic shelters, especially for parking spaces of medium/large size […]

30
August

In Dubai is borning a sustainable city powered by renewables

As our communities become more urbanised, our cities need to get smarter to handle in a renewable and sustainable way this large-scale urbanisation to meet citizens’ needs and aspirations for an improved quality of life, reduced pollution, increased efficiency, better services and decreased costs of living. In this context the arab countries are rapidly urbanising, […]

28
August

Tunisia plans to improve its economy and invest in green energy

Tunisia has been passing by a deep and difficult economic slump since 2011, when the autocratic leader Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown. The International Monetary Fund urged Tunisia to raise the retirement age and prices of energy to help decrease the deficit. Thereby, the country had to increase 4% fuel prices, for the third […]

24
July

MENA Region Solar Energy Oulook 2018

Several energy-importing countries in Middle East and North Africa continue to accelerate the development of their renewable energy sectors as they aim to curb fuel imports. More limited fossil fuel production and a reliance on fuel imports to meet domestic demand and rising import bills have pushed Egypt, Morocco and Jordan, for example, to diversify […]

17
July

The Benban Solar Park shines Egypt’s renewable energy targets

Egypt possesses an abundance of land, sunny weather and high wind speeds, making it a prime location for renewable energy sources. The Renewable Energy Strategy of 2008 set a target of reaching 20% of total electrical energy mix from renewable energy by 2022. The Strategy identifies concrete steps, including large pilot implementation of grid-connected solar […]

22
June

Shams Dubai program and DEWA’s initiatives to increase solar power in Dubai

The Shams Dubai initiative, launched by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), encourages households and building owners to install PV panels to generate electricity, and connect them to DEWA’s grid. The electricity is used on site and the surplus is exported to DEWA’s network to be deducted from future energy bills. According to the UAE […]

11
June

Solar power, an optimal source of energy in places where there is lack of water

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is blessed with a quantity of annual sunlight and until recent years it has been more of a liability than an asset, as large areas of the region’s land is too dry for agriculture. As the population continues to grow (in most MENA countries over 50% of […]

30
May

How a PV system works?

The basic component of every photovoltaic system is the solar cell. In most cases the solar photovoltaic cell is made of silicon, a semiconductor that  is also used for diodes, transistors and computer chips. With the introduction of foreign atoms (doping) a p-n junction is generated in the cell that  “installs” an electrical field in […]

22
May

Socio-Economics Benefits from Renewable Energies – MENA Region

As shown by authoritative studies, renewable energy can bring many benefits to the world, especially from a social and economic point of view. The increasing shares of renewable power capacity is lowering the prices of pv components. The global average energy system LCOE gradually declines from 70 €/MWh in 2015 to 52 €/MWh in 2050, […]

18
May

What are the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy?

The worldwide requirement for energy is covered today mainly by the fossil fuels: oil, natural gas and coal. But lately, the solar energy technology has been improved: solar cells are six times more efficient today than they were 30 years ago. Solar panels are becoming frequently used by residences and companies. Why? How can solar […]

14
May

The transition to a fully renewable powered energy system in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is one of the most promising markets for solar development. Home to dozens of emerging economies with favourable political climates, Southeast Asia is bound to become a cornerstone of the renewable energy revolution. This growth has doubled energy consumption in just over two decades, forcing many countries in the region to address the […]

10
May

How does solar energy work and how can it be converted into electricity ?

Solar radiation is the basis for a surprising range of renewable energies. They are practically infinite. Added to this, solar energies are almost free of any emissions and with only few environment effects or hazards. The result of the solar technologies is a market that only tends to increase. Know more about the importance of […]

20
April

The transition to a fully renewable powered energy system in Latam

Latin America is a region with immense potential to accelerate the expansion of solar energy. Its numerous emerging economies are a growing source of demand, while the political climate across the continent is largely in favor of renewable energy. The total electricity consumption is expected to double by 2050 and even if all the countries […]

30
March

The transition to a fully renewable powered energy system in the MENA region

The transition to a fully renewable powered energy system is possible as shown by authoritative studies of autonomous universities. In the last blog we presented a study that deals with the subject with objective data that demonstrate without a shadow of doubt that a transition to the exclusive use of renewable energy is not only […]

26
March
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A global transition to 100% renewable electricity is feasible

The transition to the use of energy from renewable sources is not just an ethical choice, but in recent years has become increasingly a necessity of an economic and human type. Our planet is sick, and the increase in temperatures is the most obvious signal. Climate change does not only bring with it problems of […]

15
February
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Photovoltaic Energy spreads in the emerging economies. Focus on Latam countries

Photovoltaic energy is growing exponentially in the world thanks to technology and the consequent ever greater ease of installation. It is scalable, reliable and easy to understand for users, differentiating itself from other more expensive and polluting energies. The economically most developed countries in Europe and the United States have relied on renewable energy with […]