The concentrating solar power market within the MENA region continues to grow at an encouraging rate with many countries looking to optimise this huge natural resource to sustain a secure energy future.
The banking and financial institutions are even recognising the massive potential of this natural abundant resource. But as one would expect with great financial opportunities there are risks. Dr Mohamed El-Khayat, NREA; Inigo Viani, Abengoa and Dr. Silvia Pariente David, World Bank, plus a leading panel of regional experts, will discuss the latest financial, commercial and technical issues at the MENA Solar Power Forum taking place in Abu Dhabi on 17-19 September 2012.
Key points for discussion:
Creating an investor-friendly policy and regulatory environment for solar power in the MENA region
Identifying robust models for propping up project finance within the current market structures
Supporting the establishment of grid connection between MENA and the European market
Developing innovative technologies that can leverage the strengths and adapt to the unique challenges of the MENA region
Uncovering developments on current projects including Ouarzazate, Sahara Forest and Desertec Initiative
Other high profile regional leaders include:
Dr. Mustapha Taoumi, Regional Programme Officer, North Africa & West and Central Asia, IRENA
Youssef Arfaoui, Chief Renewable Energy Specialist, African Development Bank,
Philippe Lorec, Deputy Director General for Energy and Climate, Ministry of Ecology, Energy Sustainable Development and Town planning, Project Manager, Mediterranean Solar Plan
Dr. Silvia Pariente David, Senior Energy Specialist, Middle East and North Africa Region, The World Bank
Philippe Costerg, Deputy Director PV Solar, Total
Dr. Nancy Rivera, Managing Director, Structured Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Dr. Marc Darras, Senior Advisor, Strategy & Sustainable Development, GDF Suez