Greentech Lead Middle East: MEED Events announced that
the first MENA Renewable Energy conference will take place from 18 –
19 September in Dubai. The conference will bring industry leaders and
experts together to discuss and explore the untapped potential of the renewable
energy projects sector in the MENA region.
The conference will provide the latest up-to-date
information, governmental strategies, innovation and technologies that are
driving the MENA renewable market forward.
“MEED has a long reputation of organizing excellent
conferences. It is an honor for ESIA to join forces with MEED in launching
their first summit dedicated exclusively to renewable energy,”
said Vahid Fotuki, president, Emirates Solar Industry Association
(ESIA), chairman, MEED Events.
The event is sponsored by Sustainable Solutions and
co-supported by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Emirates
Solar Industry Association (ESIA) and Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is also
cooperating with the event. The conference will feature the latest
research project statistics and views on the MENA renewable sector. Attendees
will discuss about the challenges of meeting future regional power targets
across the region, and analyze finance and investment opportunities in the
“The MEED MENA Renewable Energy conference is a timely
gathering to review regional trends in expanding clean energy. The UN advocates
a global target of doubling the share of renewable in the energy mix by 2030,
and signs are positive. In 2011, US$257 billion was invested globally
in renewable energy, with more than 118 countries setting renewable strategies
and policies. Major economies are leading the way, and efforts in the Arab
region are critical to achieving the global vision,” said Kishan Khoday,
deputy resident representative, United Nations Development Program.
At the event, industry leaders will explore the plans for
the US$ 3.5 billion Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park which
is Dubai’s first mega solar power project.