The Powering Middle East Summit is a strategic meeting for Middle Eastern renewable energy stakeholders. The unique format has allowed public sector decision makers and private sector industry innovators to contribute current issues and points to the agenda, shaping the discussion during the two days. Participants have argued that legislation uncertainties are a barrier to the implementation of green energy projects across the region. In response to the issues raised, the Powering Middle East Summit has welcomed its first “International Law Partner” global law firm Bird & Bird. The firm have helped to shape our agenda to help overcome the legislation and regulatory concerns raised.
Andrew Renton, a leading partner within the International Energy and Utilities Sector Group, will chair the “Renewable Regulation and Legislation” panel session and speak on behalf of Bird & Bird. Bird & Bird are in an excellent position to lead this session which is of major importance to our delegates. Bird & Bird team was part of the initial review of the proposed renewable energy law in Jordan and were directly involved with discussing some of the clarifications adopted by the MEMR. In addition to this the firm has had a role within seven try round one solar projects and continued to be involved beyond round two and three.
Andrew Renton of Bird & Bird will speak at Powering Middle East Summit
Andrew, who specialises in commercial contracts within the sector, has advised on a full range of energy and utilities matters. Renewable Energy technologies Andrew has worked with include combine cycle gas turbines (CCGT), combined heat and power (CHP), biomass and onshore and offshore wind projects. As well as extensive experience working on international projects, Andrew also utilises his previous experience as an engineer to understand technical issues which need to be address during formation, delivery and completion of contracts.
To find an outline of the Powering Middle East agenda please visit: http://issuu.com/estratevents/docs/pme_agenda_brochure
For more information about Bird & Bird click here to read our original welcome post. If you would like to be included within our post-summit mailing list, please register your interest using our contact form below.
In our latest welcome post we are pleased to introduce further expertise in energy and infrastructure law and regulation. eSE’s Powering Middle East Summit, co-facilitated with the Arab Energy Renewable Commission and partnered with International Law firm Bird & Bird, is the strategic meeting point for renewable energy stakeholders to overcome legal uncertainties and issues restricting the development of new energy projects. Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright has worked with regional and multinational corporations, financial institutions and government entities in the Middle East for over 30 years and will be contributing two specialist speakers at the Summit. The firm has built a strong reputation upon industry focus and specialises across a series of sectors including energy, infrastructure and technology and innovation.
The team within Norton Rose Fulbright’s energy practice specialise in the facilitation of global solar projects, with expertise from specialties including project finance, capital markets, M&A, climate change and carbon financing. In the Middle East the team has taken a leading role advising developers and lenders on the first three rounds of the South African Renewable Energy IPP (REIPP) programme and are currently advising the Dubai government on their first Solar IPP.
Many of Norton Rose Fulbright’s energy lawyers have worked in major energy companies in leading energy-producing countries. This level of specialist industry knowledge will ensure that our ‘Renewable Regulation and Legislation’ and ‘Identifying Suitable Financing Models & Creating Partnerships’ panel sessions incorporate the experience of a range of global legal leaders.
To find out more about Norton Rose Fulbright and the organisation’s work within the Middle East, visit:http://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/middle-east/our-services/energy/.
The Powering Middle East Summit will open in just over a week’s time, with registration now closed and our two day agenda finalised, we have decided to highlight some of the distinguished speakers joining us in Jordan.
Al Dahya, General Manager for SunEdison Turkey and Jordan.
Our first speaker biography introduces Al Dahya who is speaking at the summit on behalf of the global leader in solar power and technology, SunEdison. Al Dahya will sit on the third panel session on 18th September, aptly titled ‘The Application of Renewable Energy Solutions for the Sustainable Water Delivery’. The agenda points put forward by the SunEdison delegation consider issues based around production of sustainable water solutions using solar energy. These issues include the challenges facing farmers trying to operate water pumps in remote areas using standard diesel gensets, the use of solar PV to provide a reliable and cost-effective option for powering water pumps, and addressing the challenges in off-grid areas through PV solutions that help deliver water from deep well and surface sources.
As the General Manager for SunEdison the MENA region, Al Dahya is in a very strong position to bring experience on issues facing both region’s renewable energy industry and the role solar energy will play in developing new energy sources. Al Dahya joined SunEdison in 2007 and has since worked in a number of senior roles within the company, leading M&A transactions, developing new partnerships and opening new markets for SunEdison’s leading range of both PV and semiconductor technology and solar energy solutions. Al Dahya’s experience is built on his technical expertise, he holds a degree in Computer Engineering from MIT and started his working career in a number of software start-ups as a software engineer.
To find an outline of the Powering Middle East Summit two day agenda visit: http://issuu.com/estratevents/docs/pme_agenda_brochure
For more information about SunEdison click here to read our original welcome post. If you would like to be included within our post-summit mailing list, please register your interest using our contact form below.
As an established platform for the development of wind projects in the region, the Powering Middle East Summit is pleased to welcome the global leader in wind technology, Vestas Wind Systems. President of Vestas Mediterranean, Marco Graziano, will participate in the Summit’s welcoming event to share his valuable insights and Vestas’ extensive experience in the wind energy sector.
Wind power offers a predictable and clean energy source that is fast to install and an increasingly attractive commercial opportunity for investors within the region. With a total installed capacity of 60 GW, Vestas’ 51,000 turbines currently generate sustainable energy in 73 countries across the globe.
Starting with a 55KW project in Egypt, Vestas has grown strongly, now with more than 170 turbines installed across the MENA region. In 2013, Vestas signed an agreement with Jordan Wind Project Company to build the first utility-scale wind power plant in Jordan. The Al-Tafila plant, expected to be commissioned in 2015, will be the largest wind project in the kingdom with a total capacity of 117 MWs.
“In an effort to expand its energy production beyond oil and gas, the Middle East is taking important steps to promote the use of clean energy in the region”, asserts Marco Graziano, President of Vestas Mediterranean. “At Vestas, we leverage our experience to develop efficient technologies that harvest the wind and improve the performance of our customers’ wind power plants worldwide. We are pleased to contribute with our unrivalled knowledge of wind technology with the aim of increasing our presence in the region”.
The Powering Middle East Summit looks forward to welcoming Marco Graziano and Vestas to Amman, Jordan, in September.
Registration for the Powering Middle East Summit will close at the end of August.
If your organisation would like to participate, please use the contact form below or visit www.ese-power.com/register. Thank you.
Solar Power opportunities in the Middle East continue to offer international investors exciting business propositions. Large energy producers are now setting up base within the region, to capitalize on the lucrative investment opportunities. Our latest Powering Middle East Summit welcome post introduces a global player, which through its subsidiaries in Oman, is already developing some of the largest solar installations in the region.
Phoenix Solar AG, which is made up of several affiliate companies, trades across core photovoltaic markets worldwide. Since its formation, Phoenix Solar has installation and trading experience over one gigawatt worth of solar modules, whilst constantly striving to set global standards in generating renewable energy for future generations. As solar power markets continue to offer the most secure source of energy for the future, Phoenix Solar are well established within this market as a proven specialist wholesaler of turn-key PV plants and systems, solar modules, inverters and other key components to ensure efficiency production.
Phoenix Solar started a joint venture with SilverCircle L.L.C in 2009 and founded the Oman-based subsidy Phoenix Solar LLC (PSOM), now responsible for business within the MENA region. PSOM is fully independent and offers high performance turn-key services including design, engineering, supply, installation and the commissioning of ground-based or rooftop photovoltaic power plants. MENA projects by Phoenix Solar include the 5.8MW PV power plants built on the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Ryadh, and the 1MW Plant at the Ma’an Development Area – the largest solar project in Jordan!
The Powering Middle East Summit looks forward to welcoming Phoenix Solar LLC to the Jordan summit. PSOM will bring local expertise and will be bringing a contributing a speaker to the summit to help answer delegate concerns about potential barriers to solar projects within Jordan and beyond. To find out more about the Phoenix Solar visit: http://www.phoenixsolar-group.com/business/om/en.html.
Is your organisation trading in the Middle East renewable energy industry? Registration for the September Powering Middle East Summit is closing at the end of August. Register your details with the contact form below or visit: www.ese-power.com/register
The annual Powering Middle East Summit is once again facilitated in partnership with the Arab Renewable Energy Commission. The Summit, which brings together expertise in renewable energy implementation across the MENA region, with local and international technology innovators, shares many core principles with AREC, and looks forward to developing new partnerships which will help advance AREC’s renewable energy mission. Chairman of AREC and Prince of Jordan, HRH Prince Asem bin Nayef has graciously agreed to host the Powering Middle East Summit.
AREC is a not for profit non-government commission which was founded in 2011, its members represent several Arab countries and sets out to encourage the use of clean renewable energy in the Arab world. The commission aims to create awareness and encourage investments between partners by overcoming challenges, whether this is uncertainties in regional legislation, or a lack of knowledge in how to exploit renewable energy resources. AREC continues to develop renewable energy culture and explain the benefits to the members, with the aim of shifting green energy to the main source of energy, helping to reduce the effects of global warming and climate change and meet environmental targets for the region. These targets currently sit between 10% and 20% energy harvested from renewable sources by 2020.
AREC’s purpose is to create a regional centre, which acts as both a regional and international platform for researchers, engineers, economists, vendors and public sector officials, to help advance green technology innovations, maximise public awareness and create opportunities for renewable energy project implementation across all Arab countries. AREC will contribute its knowledge in Middle Eastern renewable energy policy and expertise to help strengthen the agenda for the Powering Middle East Summit. The summit will work together with AREC to create an inclusive and exclusive atmosphere which will build long term partnerships which have the ability to advance MENA renewable energy ambitions.
Prince Asem Bin Nayef (L) with Powering Middle East Summit Director Andrew Bell.
The summit looks forward to welcoming the delegation from AREC and Prince Asem Bin Nayef to Amman, Jordan and profiting from the wide range of expertise that the commission brings. To find out more about the Arab Renewable Energy Commission visit: http://www.arec-jo.com/?id=113 or for registration information email email@example.com.
eSE is very happy to welcome global solar solutions leader, First Solar, to our Jordan ‘Powering Middle East’ summit. First Solar will deliver a specialist presentation for participants imparting expertise from throughout their 15 years and 9 gigawatts (GW) of worldwide experience. First Solar believes that reliable and affordable solar energy can play a role in combating fuel price volatility by creating a diversified energy mix; in the Middle East it has built the region’s largest photovoltaic (PV) power plant – the 13 megawatt (MW) first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai – and helped co-develop the 52.5MW Shams Ma’an project in Jordan.
An independent, pure-play renewable energy company, First Solar is truly vertically integrated, with competencies ranging from R&D to module recycling. With the industry’s largest R&D investment, First Solar has consistently improved efficiencies, achieving breakthroughs at an unprecedented pace, while also addressing specific customer needs with diversified services and solutions. The industry’s strongest balance sheet and a reputation for quality has translated into First Solar being the technology provider of choice for debt-financed projects around the world.
Ahmed S. Nada, First Solar’s VP for the Middle East, commented, “First Solar is pleased to be able to demonstrate how it combines innovation and technology to help sustainably address the region’s energy needs, at the Powering the Middle East Summit. We believe that sunlight is the region’s most abundant energy resource and we welcome the opportunity to showcase our experience in enabling our partners’ ambitions to harness clean, reliable and affordable solar electricity.”
Powering Middle East is an excellent platform to bring the long term benefits of solar power to the forefront of discussions and work with Middle Eastern energy ministers to create a sustainable economic plan for the future. We are pleased that First Solar will continue to be involved within our ‘Power’ series. For more information about First Solar, please visitwww.firstsolar.com.
If your organisation is looking to produce renewable energy solutions in the Middle East and should be involved with our summit, register your details at www.ese-power.com/register for a call-back from our project manager.