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Middle East and North Africa Concentrating Solar Power
Knowledge and Innovation Program

World Bank-DEWA Concentrating Solar Power workshop held in Dubai

7th March 2018

MENA governments, International Financial Institutions and Industry met in Dubai from the 26 – 28 of February to discuss the role of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) in providing clean energy to countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

The Workshop, co-hosted by the World Bank and DEWA, was attended by over 180 delegates, including many high-ranking officials and utilities executives from countries across the MENA region.

“I am pleased that Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is co-hosting this workshop to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learnt over the past years, which have contributed to strengthening the position of Dubai and the UAE as a global hub for clean energy and green economy”, said HE Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer (MD & CEO of DEWA) in the opening speech.

Dubai has ambitious plans to supply 75% of its power from Clean Energy by 2050. This would require 42 gigawatts of renewable energy, 5 gigawatts of which are expected to come from solar power. As part of this plan a 700 MW CSP plant is being built by ACWA Power and Shanghai Electric.

Whilst the focus of the workshop was on producing clean electricity through CSP, the workshop also talked about the use of Concentrating Solar Heat (CSH) technology to supply clean heat and steam for industry.

According to Erik Fernstrom, Energy and Extractives Global Practice Manager at the World Bank, “the agenda [of this workshop] is much bigger and more ambitious than just CSP project planning. In addition to showcasing new developments, the workshop continues to strengthen the MENA network of policy makers and utility officials working to integrate renewables into their power markets. It reflects the accelerating pace of energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa and the desire to develop a whole range of clean and competitive clean energy solutions to underpin economic growth”.

This is the second workshop organized by the World Bank under the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program. Under this program, more events such as this one will be held across the Middle East and North Africa.


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