MENA So­lar De­mand To Grow By 170%

Utilities Middle East - - NEWS -

The Mid­dle East and Africa is set to en­joy a year-on-year PV de­mand in­crease of 170%, ac­cord­ing to GTM Re­search. In its lat­est re­gional break­out, de­ploy­ment is ex­pected to land at 3.6GW this year spik­ing to 20GW in 2020. Cu­mu­la­tively the re­gion will in­stall 83.7GW in the pe­riod 2018-2023. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port’s au­thor, Ben At­tia, there are cur­rently 12.3GW of util­ity-scale so­lar con­tracted or un­der con­struc­tion and a fur­ther 21GW in the pre-con­tract phase.

Ma­jor util­ity-scale ten­der pro­grammes in Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt and the UAE have boosted num­bers and At­tia ex­pects Africa to con­trib­ute more than 6.4GW from 2020 on­wards.

Saudi and the UAE are ex­pected to ac­count for half of all the ad­di­tional so­lar ca­pac­ity in­stalled out to 2023. GTM Re­search ex­pects the global so­lar mar­ket to de­cline to 85.2GW in 2018, driven by China’s de­ci­sion to cap its two largest mar­kets, util­ity-scale and Dis­trib­uted Gen­er­a­tion (DG) at the end of May. So­lar PV in the Mid­dle East and Africa (MEA) is ex­pected to take off in 2019-2020, as big projects come on­line and Africa heats up.

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