There has never been a more exciting time for solar power in the Middle East, and this September the Intersolar Conference will bring together all the most important solar power stakeholders in the region. This historical energy hub is now tapping into its abundant sunshine as a path towards a clean, profitable and independent energy future.
A wave of solar projects are already underway across the region. According to Frost & Sullivan, the GCC’s installed solar capacity is expected to reach 76 GW by 2020. Egypt is hoping to put 2,650 MW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity online by 2020, Morrocco is aiming for 600 MW, while Jordan has 540 MW of PV projects under construction with more expected before the end of 2017.
The Middle East’s PV projects have also taken on a new scale recently, not least at the solar PV plant in Sweihan, Abu Dhabi, UAE. The US$872mn project is set to be world’s largest single location solar farm, with a capacity of 1,177MW, and is expected to reach commercial operation in April 2019. Sweihan, and the many other projects in the pipeline, create considerable opportunities for developers, EPC contractors, equipment suppliers, and financiers interested in the region.
The Intersolar Middle East Conference, in Dubai on September 26 - 27, will bring together the most knowledgeable and influential figures in the Middle East’s renewable energy sector. Four sessions will focus on utility-scale, ground-mounted and rooftop solar installations, providing insight to all parties interested in PV opportunities in the Middle East. Further discussions will focus on the use of inverters in our increasingly smart power systems, or the innovative use of drones and robots for greater safety and efficiency.
International top players like Talesun Energy, an internationally operating EPC and turnkey solution provider of PV power plants, will showcase their best products and solutions, as well as all the latest solar PV developments from around this global and rapidly evolving industry.
“The solar market is booming in the GCC states and further afield. We wanted to provide the industry with a unique platform, and thus Intersolar started with summits and conferences in the Middle East in 2012,” explains Daniel Strowitzki, CEO of FMMI, one of the organizers. “In the medium term, the MENA states will account for a considerable proportion of the solar energy generated. At our events, we highlight a range of prospects for international companies, enabling them to participate in this development.”
Intersolar Middle East 2017 takes place September 26 – 27 at the Conrad Dubai Hotel in the United Arab Emirates. It is the key event in the Middle East dedicated to the solar industry. The conference is a premier networking platform and has a focus on established, emerging and the ‘untapped’ markets in the MENA region, PV Power Plants, Best Practices, Financing and Business Models. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important platform for the global solar industry.