Middle East Electricity and Intersolar, two of the leading energy exhibitions globally, have signed a partnership to establish an on-going collaboration on co-delivering a solar event at Middle East Electricity 2018.
The new platform will build upon the already strong solar offering, with the aim to deliver a wider range of exhibiting companies for visitors, more international participation and a content platform which best serves industry trends and investment opportunities.
Solar at MEE is the largest gathering of solar industry professionals in the Middle East & Africa, offering the most effective trade focused platform to international manufacturers and distributors looking to meet regional buyers.
The global PV demand is still dominated by China. EnergyTrend estimates its cumulative installed solar capacity to hit 125 GW by the end of 2017. China, the U.S., India and Japan represent 75% of the world’s entire solar installation capacity for the year 2017. The total global installed PV capacity will exceed 400 GW in 2018, nearly 1 TW total installed solar power is possible by 2021. India alone plans to reach 100 GW of PV by 2022. Are the GCC ready to join the global solar market leaders? In 2016, the MENAT countries together only reached a total PV capacity of 3.2 GW, but with an expected installed PV capacity of 32,5 GW by 2022 according to German research company Apricum. This means a tenfold increase, or an annual addition of 6 GW PV. What about the sleeping giants in GCC? A number of impressive PV projects have to be implemented to keep up with the global leaders. Saudi Arabia is clearly the next big market. The country keeps its plans for additional 9.5 GW of renewable energy by 2030. Jordan and Egypt are on their path and also getting financial aids from international Banks hoping to complete. According to former Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Prof. Eicke Weber, financing is the biggest challenge in the PV sector, “because there is lots of talk, but the result is a lot of projects are on standby, because of the lack of financial interest. The other problem is that everyone wants to use local production, but it has yet to get going, which slows down the projects”, says Prof. Weber.
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