With over 3GW of solar forecast to be completed in the Middle East & North Africa by 2020, over 150 senior executives from leading solar companies will be meeting at the 6th Annual Middle East & North Africa Solar Conference & Exhibition taking place on 6-7 May in Dubai.
At MENASOL( 6-7 May, Dubai) companies planning or currently making investments in solar such as Mohammed al Houkail Trading and Construction Company, Saudi Aramco, SunPower, First Solar and Acciona will look to build the relationships essential for the most efficient supply chain and develop bankable assets in the key markets. With over 7 markets including Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco demonstrating clear promise for solar there is a huge potential for companies with the winning combination of project and partnership.
However, the varied business regulations across markets as well as the lack of available data on plant performance and operating costs means that developers need to look to other companies to assist them in building accurate performance models, budgets and executing projects. What's more, without careful research and coordination, construction costs and budgets can spiral and make projects unfeasible for lender and developer.
Furthermore it is not just module performance which will be carefully scrutinised in plans and budgets, but inverter performance. High temperatures can have an adverse effect on efficiency and if sand or dust gets beyond inverter casing this can also interfere with performance. Inverters pose a huge threat to the profitability of the plant due to their pivotal role. With these climatic considerations in mind choosing central or string inverters is not a small decision. These are important considerations are important in developing adequate operations and maintenance plans.
At MENASOL 2014 (6-7 May, Dubai), budgets, plans and operational recommendations will be made for photovoltaic plants during the two –day conference with input from senior experts from companies with proven experience in the MENA region such as First Solar, Sun & Life, Belectric, Enviromena, Apricum and many more.
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