Middle East: a change of course towards solar energy sector

The energy market sector in the Middle East is having an important shift towards solar energy due to the ever lower costs of solar energy and from the other side an increase in the price of fossil fuels. The use of renewable energy is gaining political attention and many Middle Eastern countries are putting in place ambitious renewable energy programs, particularly due to the increase of electrification rate and energy demand in the region.

Enerray is actively present and develop business in many countries of Middle East:


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United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Even if it is one of the major oil producing country in the world, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has taken steps to introduce solar power on a large scale.

The Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President  and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, foresees to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050.

In May 2015, DEWA (Dubai Water & Electriity Authority) launched the "Shams Dubai" program, which introduces the "net metering" mechanism, encouraging commercial and industrial building owners to  install photovoltaic systems to cover energy needs.

Enerray Gulf Solar Energy Systems: the company, based in Dubai, has been recently created to establish a strong presence in the local market. A 1 MWp rooftop project on the coverage of an important Mall in Fujairah has been recently acquired.


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Oman

With a total dependence on fossil fuels and increasing population combined with rapid industrialization in cities, Oman is planning to harness renewable energy technologies on both, larger and smaller scales, to diversify energy sources and for further development of its economy.

The Oman Power and Water Procurement company (OPWP) has issued a request for qualification (RFQ)to  build a 500 MW solar PV project and is planning to tender and build further solar plants up to 2024.

The Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) – Oman’s power sector regulator - is taking steps to pave the way for homeowners to install rooftop solar panels with any surplus electricity sent back into the national grid.

In May 2017, the country launched the “Sahim” scheme to promote small-scale renewable energy projects (e.g. rooftop up to 36 kW). Industrial and Commercial PV plants can be done through private contracts.

Oman’s government plans to add around 4 GW of renewable generation capacity by 2030.


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Jordan

Jordan does not have the natural resources of its neighbours and imports 97 percent of its energy and fuel requirements, nearly 20% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The rising cost of importing energy resources has forced the government to reconsider its energy consumption policies and address the issue of reliance on international energy markets for direct imports.

The National Energy Strategy includes ambitious targets to increase the contribution of renewable energy sources to the national energy supply. The share of renewable energy in the total energy mix is anticipated to reach 25% by 2021.

Plans are in place for up to 2,000 megawatts (MW) of solar and wind energy by the end of the decade, but with the grid at capacity, the next wave of developments is on hold, due to grid limitations. A new Green Energy Corridor project, due to begin operation in the end of 2018, will transfer power generated in south Jordan to electricity consumption points in the central and northern regions, adding about 700-800 MW worth of additional capacity to the grid.

In Jordan, the company has finished building two solar farms: the first of 10 MWp in Aqaba and the second of 23 MWp in Ma’an. We are operating in the country as an EPC and O&M contractor.


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Kazakhstan

Owing to the Soviet-era power transmission networks, which are concentrated in the northern and western regions, closest to the main sources (mainly coal), Kazakhstan is forced to import both resources for the southern regions. 

According to the currently regulatory framework in Kazakhstan, energy producers using renewable sources can benefit from various preferential forms of support from the Governament, which set the target of achieving approximately 3 GW of renewable capacity installed by 2020. 

A Feed in Tariff system, valid for 15 years from the signing of the PPA, was introduced and, at the end of this period, the generated energy can be sold in the energy market.


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