In 2016, Middle East and North Africa solar trade association MESIA witnessed in Middle East 885 MW(ac) solar parks in operation, 3,610 MW(ac) under execution and 1,300 MW(ac) under tender. In 2017, MESIA expects above 4,050 MW in the pipe for the PV sector and 1,310 MW for the CSP sector including some hybrid plant PV and CSP. Furthermore, Middle East reached record low tariffs below $0.03 per kWh, in September 2016 price went below $0.0245 per kWh.
According to MESIA’s »Annual Solar Outlook Report«, Egypt is aiming for 2,650 MW of PV capacity in operation by 2020. Morocco will have about 500 MW of CSP and 600 MW of PV in operation by 2019, while Jordan has 540 MW of PV projects under construction and is set to award 200 MW (4 farms à 50 MW) in the course of 2017. In UAE, 2016 saw Phase III awarded (Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park) with 800 MW for delivery over three phases until 2020 at $0.0299 per kWh.
The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has tendered out a minimum 350 MW Sweihan solar power plant. In Saudi, SEC is currently tendering a 100 MW PV project across two sites in the northern region of the Kingdom while in Oman, the RFP for first utility scale PV projects is expected to be launched by the tendering authority by mid-2017. The project size will be around 200 MW. Pakistan is seeing the construction of the second phase of the project Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park (QASP) in Punjab – installing 300 MW.
Rooftop solar kicked off in the UAE with approximately 6 MW up and running by the end of 2016, says MESIA. The company expects the rooftop market in the UAE could reach 70 MW in 2017.
»We see a pipeline of more than 5.7 GW of upcoming projects throughout the MENA region,« says Wim Alen, Secretary General of MESIA and Senior Vice-Present Business Development – Middle East, South & Central Asia, and Turkey, at ENGIE.