Strategic considerations for deployment of solar photovoltaics in the Middle East and North Africa

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

38 Scopus citations

Abstract

The strategic rationale for adoption of solar energy, particularly solar photovoltaics (PV), in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is considered here through analysis of a recent report produced by the Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA), an industry association based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Electricity supply and demand modeling shows that solar PV is commercially viable in many MENA countries due to rapidly falling costs of solar PV, excellent fit of solar resource availability to regional electricity demand patterns, and rising regional gas prices. Opportunities and challenges to regional solar PV deployment, including electricity exports, electricity subsidies, development of domestic unconventional gas, and demand side energy management are considered with regard to potential impact on the strategic role that solar PV will play in shaping the MENA energy landscape.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)125-131
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy Strategy Reviews
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Fossil fuels
  • GCC
  • MENA
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Strategic considerations for deployment of solar photovoltaics in the Middle East and North Africa'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this