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The long read: Slow progress toward a big rooftop PV goal

A vibrant industry across the Middle East – including manufacturers, wholesalers, and a large number of EPCs and installers – supplies decarbonized electricity to meet growing air-conditioning demand, tapping the region’s abundant sunshine. However, progress toward this vision of a distributed-generation solar market segment and industry in the Gulf region has been slow, according to the president of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), Ahmed Nada.

Airtouch Solar appoints Nimish Jain as India CEO

Nimish Jain brings to Air Touch India, the India arm of the Israeli robotic cleaning specialist for the solar industry, around 13 years of work experience in renewable energy in new market development, operations, strategy and business development functions. He has worked with companies like Solarig Global, Vikram Solar, and Jinko Solar.

Virescent acquires 55 MWp of operating solar assets from Focal Energy

The acquisition is in line with Virescent’s strategy to acquire operational renewable energy assets that have stable long-term cashflows with government counterparties across India.

Sterling and Wilson Solar commissions 66 MWp PV project in Jordan

The Al Husainiyah solar plant, 200km south of Jordanian capital Amman, is the Indian multinational EPC provider’s third project in Jordan.

Acme signs land pact for green hydrogen and ammonia plant in Oman

The Indian solar developer said the Oman facility would use 3 GWp of solar and 0.5 GWp of wind energy to produce 2,400 tons of green ammonia daily and approx. 0.9 million tons annually. Construction is planned in phases with an investment of $3.5 billion over the next three years.

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Israel’s SolarEdge launches expanded line of commercial inverters

SolarEdge’s new three-phase inverters are available in variants up to 120 kW, with integrated monitoring and a modular design.

Larsen & Toubro secures transmission line, substation orders

The Indian multinational EPC contractor has been awarded significant power transmission and distribution contracts in Ladakh and Ayodhya, in addition to overseas projects in Saudi Arabia, Africa and Thailand.

ISA, MNRE, and World Bank conduct inception workshop for ‘One Sun One World One Grid’ program 

‘One Sun One World One Grid’ is a global supergrid project proposed by India for seamless sharing of renewable energy resources among countries. The inception workshop was attended by more than 160 experts and discussed the roadmap of the project.

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India again ranked the world’s most attractive solar market by Ernst & Young

The nation maintained the highest score of 62.7 for solar in the latest edition of Ernst & Young’s renewables attractiveness index. It ranked third for overall renewable energy investment. 

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Larsen & Toubro begins constructing 300 MW solar plant in Saudi Arabia

The Indian multinational will build the plant on an engineering, procurement and construction basis for the consortium of UAE-based renewable energy developer Masdar, France’s power utility EDF Renewables and Saudi Arabian company Nesma. 

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