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Monday, 14 January 2013

Middle East solar energy may expand to 3.5GW

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Solar Market Outlook, 2013-2017

The MENA region possesses the greatest technical potential for renewable energy in the world with much of this potential attributed to solar energy. This potential is now starting to be more seriously considered, driven by rapidly increasing energy usage, high insolation rates, a young and empowered workforce, and an increasing awareness of the costs of burning natural resources.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, and Morocco, have ambitious solar power generation goals as well as evolving policies and regulatory frameworks to support these goals. Demonstration projects are being deployed in some countries, while large scale projects are being deployed in others. However, in a region undergoing dramatic political and social change, questions remain as to the long term outlook for solar energy. In this report, the authors discuss the drivers for adoption, the major players and stakeholders, the overall market structure, and the long term outlook of each solar market in the MENA region.


  1. Solar energy is the best source to get free and non polluted energy and solar energy is not finish any more so solar is the best option to get energy.

  2. Developers are expected to install about 3.5 gigawatts of solar power in the Middle East and North Africa in 2015, up from 149 megawatts that will be installed this year, driven by government support across the region and booming growth in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, according to GTM Research.

    Demand for photovoltaic and solar-thermal systems will grow slowly and then skyrocket in 2015 when ‘the large bulk’ of projects from a Saudi programme will go into operation, Scott Burger, an analyst with the Boston-based research company, said on Saturday.


Energy & Environment Dates 2012