Dubai’s MENASOL conference unites solar energy in the Middle East

MENASOL solar conferenceOver 400 senior executives will descend on Dubai this week to learn how best to develop and construct photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) plants in the region’s top markets including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Morocco.

Heavy-hitters and start-ups on both local and international levels will participate in the sixth annual MENASOL Conference running from May 6 through 7. 

Bespoke to the challenges of project development in this region, the event promises to show how to create an unbeatable project proposal with “the perfect combination of market insight and a robust desert plant design” to assure winning projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Keen familiarity with dust, humidity and water shortages will ensure adequate maintenance programs which, in turn, impact project profitability.

CSP industry leaders  – including Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Oil Company, Masdar, Abengoa, and ACS Cobra – attend MENASOL to meet essential contacts for launching regional CSP plants. Participating government agencies include National Electric Power Company Jordan (NEPCO), National Electricity Office- Morocco (ONÉE), Moroccan Solar Energy Agency (Morocco), Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

With over 70 speakers from the leading solar developers such as Abengoa, ACWA Power, SolarReserve, and BrightSource, delegates will receive strategic and technical advice on construction, operations and maintenance.  They’ll discuss labor coordination specific to each technology and market sector.

The opportunities in the MENA region for both local and international solar companies are steadily rising; the MENASOL conference will gather senior representatives from key agencies to show attendees how best to exploit these opportunities.

Major financiers from across the investment landscape including the IFC, World Bank, Gulf Investment Corporation, KfW-IPEX, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Mizuho bank will be on hand to discuss multiple different laws operating on land purchase, asset ownership and project financing.

The conference includes over 20 hours of scheduled networking time to ensure that delegates meet the contacts they need for real business development across multiple markets.

For more information, visit the conference website (link here).

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