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Solar in MENA: 9, 000 MW of Concentrated Solar Power Capacity planned by 2020

The solar market in North Africa and the Middle East is being earmarked as the boom market for solar development, According to reports solar energy in the Middle East is going to be a boom market for the next 10 years - with 9,000 MW of Concentrated Solar Power Capacity planned by 2020 and more then 40,000 MW by 2030.

This is not a surprising conclusion if you look at the announcements made in last quarter of 2009 and currently in 2010. What is surprising is that oil rich exporting countries are now realising that it is time for them to plan for the long term and kick start the next venture – exporting solar electricity.


For some of the North African countries such as Morocco and Tunisia it is not as surprising as they are pure electricity importers. That is why governments are now employing aggressive solar initiatives that will attract investors and project developers.


Some commentators have said that while North Africa and the Middle East have been slow adopters to the renewable energy campaign, we will now see them competing with each other on offering  the most attractive options for businesses.


MENASOL 2010 – 2nd North Africa & Middle East Solar Conference is offering countries in the region a platform to be vocal about their country’s initiatives  and will have delegations sent from the most solar active countries. It will be offering anyone that is interested in the MENA region a rare opportunity to make a comparative approach on where the best opportunities are and what is the best strategy for them in the short and long term future.


In addressing the strategy, one of the biggest concerns is the technical aspects in developing solar in desert conditions, issues include humidity, lack of water, sand storms and extreme range of temperatures during the day and night. However leading companies such as Abengoa, Acciona, Nur Energie are leading the way and will be providing in depth case studies on their experiences and what they will be doing for forthcoming projects at MENASOL 2010.


If you would like to find out more information about how you can tap into the North African and Middle East solar opportunities just visit www.newsolartoday.com/solar-conference

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