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Dubai sets pace on rooftop solar power

dubai solarThe door has opened to cash-saving and environmentally friendly solar panels on the roofs of residential buildings in Dubai.

Residents and landlords who install the panels will not only cut greenhouse gas emissions and save money on their fuel bills, but they will also be able to feed any excess power back into the emirate’s electricity grid.

Eleven applications by companies and individuals for solar rooftops with a total capacity of 8.5 megawatts have already been filed through the Shams Dubai Smart Initiative.

Should all projects be successfully installed, the reductions in harmful greenhouse gases every year would be equivalent to the removal of more than 1,000 cars from the road.

Last week, a 30-kilowatt solar array at the Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport became the first installation to be connected to the grid under the scheme.

Among the 11 projects to be connected is a solar system with a capacity of around 2MW at Dubai International Humanitarian City. The projects will rely on solar photovoltaic technology, capturing sunlight and turning it into power.



Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity around the clock

israeli-solarIsraeli alternative energy company Brenmiller Energy has solved one of the biggest issues with solar technology — how to generate electricity when the sun sets. The Tel Aviv-based company announced on Monday that it will build a 10-megawatt solar facility in the Negev desert city of Dimona that will generate renewable electricity for around 20 hours per day through an energy storage technology the company has been developing for the past three years. Biomass will be used as a backup during the four hours when the solar power system is not generating electricity.

Solar power stations integrating storage and backed up by biomass are the best solution for producing electricity in Israel,” said Brenmiller Energy CEO Avi Brenmiller. “Biomass alone cannot meet electricity demand but combining it with solar energy and storage represents the cheapest and cleanest alternative. This combination is a solution for the high costs of burying garbage borne by the local authorities.”

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Solution: Solar energy to power rural areas

tracking solar arrayAs Pakistan continues to suffer from its crippling energy shortage, Telenor Pakistan, Tameer Microfinance Bank and Roshan Energy have partnered to rollout their solar-powered home solution for the low-income segment, which is off the national grid, it was revealed on Tuesday.

“This initiative will empower nearly 40% of Pakistanis who live off the grid with access to clean and affordable solar energy,” Telenor Pakistan’s Chief Financial Services Officer Yahya Khan said during a media roundtable at the company’s Karachi office.

According to Khan, a large number of the country’s rural population lacks access to electricity and depends on expensive, inefficient fuel-based sources. “The Solar Home Solution will provide a sustainable, affordable and long-lasting electricity solution,” he added.

Solar power picking up pace

The use of solar power could be greatly encouraged by a resolution passed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed.

Experts have welcomed a new ruling that will allow residents to install solar panels on the roofs of their homes and businesses and sell the energy generated back to the emirate’s power grid.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council, passed the resolution on solar energy distribution in Dubai on Monday, which is hoped to greatly encourage the use of solar power across the emirate and the region.

The move will provide a “stable and reliable” framework with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) that allows residents and businesses to “securely and reliably” generate solar power that can be fed into the electricity grid, said Vahid Fotuhi, president of the Middle East Solar Industry Association.



With Diesel Scarce, Syrians Turn to Solar Power as an Emerging Energy Option

solar-syria‘Syria must be rebuilt with solar power, as it is the next revolutionary leap of our time’

The scarcity of fuel in Syria has left many without access to hot water and heating, which is especially harsh during the winter. With the hike in the price of diesel as a result of it being scarce in the Syrian market, many Syrians now suffer continuous power blackouts.

Technical expert Ammar Hamideen has been continuously trying to promote the use of solar power from his workshop in Damascus. Having previously failed to convince people to switch to solar energy, Hamideen says that many Syrians have now embraced the idea as the only solution to the enduring power shortages.

Syria Deeply: When did you start promoting the use of solar power in Syria? How does it work?

Hamideen:Some have been talking about switching to solar power in Aleppo since 2005 and even wanted to go ahead and implement it, even if only on a small scale. In 2009, Qalamoun University launched a project to create electricity from solar power, but it wasn’t put to actual use until now, as a result of scarcity of fuel.


Solar power key for Saudi future, says energy chief

saudi-520A leading figurehead in Saudi Arabia’s energy sector has called solar energy “a must” for the kingdom, stating that Saudi Arabia has little choice but to pursue the potential of solar power if it hopes to maintain the country’s standard of living.

Speaking at the opening day of the fourth Solar Arabia summit in Riyadh, Hamed al-Saggaf, executive director of the Saudi Electricity Company, told attendees that the kingdom must learn to wean itself off its dependence on oil and gas for electricity production.

“If we continue to consume fuel at the same rate, then there will be a great lost opportunity,” Saggaf said. “We have to start pursuing solar now.”

With a peak electricity load of 57 GW and a growing, power-hungry middle class, Saudi Arabia has begun to give greater consideration to its energy future. The subject has rarely been discussed in recent decades as the oil-rich Kingdom cornered the global OPEC market.