MASE in Solar Power MENA Map 2019

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MASE’s Tareq Khalifeh among the MENA region’s most influential solar business leaders

17 January 2019: MASE’s Managing Director, Tareq Khalifeh, has been recognized as one of the Middle East and North Africa region’s most influential solar business leaders. Tareq was featured alongside a number of regional business executives in Solar Quarter’s Solar Power MENA Map 2019, a leading regional publication focused on the solar energy market.

Tareq, who co-founded MASE and serves as its Managing Director, is responsible for spearheading the company’s operations and growth. He has been previously awarded the Gold Solar Pioneers award by the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) presented at Intersolar Middle East 2016 Global Solar Leaders’ Summit in recognition of his achievements.

The feature by Solar Quarter further reiterates MASE’s position as one of the region’s leading solar energy companies.

 

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Project Update: Mechanical Works on Al Safawi Solar PV Project

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Works ongoing at Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Project, approaching Mechanical Completion

Al Safawi, Jordan – November 2018: Construction works on the Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Plant developed by MASE affiliate ATC are approaching Mechanical Completion with significant progress in the installation of tracking structure, PV modules and electrical infrastructure.  Works on the Project, which is located within the Al Safawi village in Mafraq, Jordan, commenced early this year with commercial operation scheduled by Q1 2019.

The Project comprises 66.69 MWp of solar PV capacity.  Major equipment include cutting-edge frameless PV modules and high-reliability inverters, most of which have arrived on site and are currently being installed and commissioned.

The Project continues to have a significant footprint on the surrounding region, employing over 70 residents of the neighboring Al Safawi region.  The Project has also implemented several community-based initiatives.

 

About the Al Safawi Solar PV Project

The Al Safawi Arabia Two Solar PV Plant, with a capacity of 51 MW (66.69 MWp), is part of Jordan’s second round Renewable Energy IPP Program.  The project, which was awarded as a result of a record-breaking competitive bidding process, is being co-developed in partnership with a leading international solar development firm. Construction on the project commenced in Q1 2018, with the plant scheduled to be operational by 2019. ATC, MASE’s affiliate development entity which will hold the equity stake in the Al Safawi project, is the only developer to be successfully involved in both rounds of Jordan’s Renewable Energy IPP Program, having previously developed the currently operational Arabia One Solar PV Plant as part of the first round. MASE will provide comprehensive operations & maintenance to the project under a banked O&M contract.

MASE Signs Solar Rooftop Contract for 4 Schools

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MASE signs contract with RSS to construct, operate and maintain rooftop solar plants four public schools, funded by JREEEF

Amman, Jordan – October 2018: MASE has been awarded a contract to engineer, procure, construct, operate and maintain rooftop solar PV plants on four public schools located across Jordan. The project is funded by the Jordan Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) in collaboration with Mercy Corps and is part of the second phase of the joint Schools Heating Initiative. The contract has been awarded as a result of a public bidding process in which MASE achieved the highest cumulative marks during evaluation. The project will be implemented with consultation from the National Energy Research Center / Royal Scientific Society (NERC/RSSand logistical coordination with the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The Project comprises the design, engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of rooftop solar PV systems with a cumulative capacity of over 80 kWp.  Upon commissioning, MASE will operate, maintain and manage the assets and will guarantee their performance.

Works on the Project have commenced and are expected to be completed in under two months.

 

About MASE

MASE is an award-winning solar energy integrator, operator and asset manager with over 100 MWp of operating or underway solar assets under care.

About JREEEF

The Jordan Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) is a government institution aimed at promoting the implementation or renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across Jordan.  The Fund raises capital from donor agencies to fund and accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects by providing long-term loans, grants and funding implementation programs.

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a global non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization operating in transitional contexts that have undergone, or have been undergoing, various forms of economic, environmental, social and political instabilities.

About NERC/RSS

The National Energy Research Center (NERC) is one of the specialized technical centers of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS). It was established for the purposes of research, development and training in the fields of new and renewable energy and raising the standards of energy use in the different sectors.

MASE Awarded Solar & EE Project for 34 Public Schools

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MASE awarded project to construct, operate and maintain rooftop solar plants and energy efficiency on 34 public schools

Amman, Jordan – August 2018: A joint venture consisting of MASE and Khalifeh International Contracting (KIC), an Arabia Group company and associate firm, has been awarded a contract to engineer, procure, construct, operate and maintain rooftop solar PV plants, air conditioning units and energy-efficient LED lighting on 34 public schools located across Jordan. The contract also comprises general maintenance and rehabilitation works on the schools. The contract has been awarded as a result of a public bidding process in which the MASE+KIC JV achieved the highest cumulative marks during evaluation. The project will be implemented for the Princess Alia Foundation (PAF) with consultation from the National Energy Research Center / Royal Scientific Society (NERC/RSSand logistical coordination with the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The Project comprises the design, engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of rooftop solar PV systems with a cumulative capacity of up to 0.8 MWp.  Upon commissioning, MASE will operate, maintain and manage the assets and will guarantee their performance.  In addition to the solar PV systems, the MASE+KIC JV will design, procure and install air conditioning units and replace the existing lighting with energy-efficient LED lamps on all 34 schools.  The JV will also perform general maintenance and rehabilitation works on the schools – this will include replacing damaged fixtures, windows and insulation.

Works on the Project have commenced and are expected to be completed in under six months.

About the MASE+KIC JV

MASE is an award-winning solar energy integrator, operator and asset manager with over 100 MWp of operating or underway solar assets under care.  KIC is the construction arm of Arabia Group and is classified as a first grade civil and electro-mechanical contractor in Jordan.

About PAF

The Princess Alia Foundation (PAF) was founded by H.R.H. Princess Alia Al Hussein and is a registered non profit, non governmental organization, under the Ministry of Social Development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Its aim is to promote compassion and respect for all Creation, using a holistic approach and bringing all stakeholders together to work as a united front.

About NERC/RSS

The National Energy Research Center (NERC) is one of the specialized technical centers of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS). It was established for the purposes of research, development and training in the fields of new and renewable energy and raising the standards of energy use in the different sectors.

 

 

MASE Team Completes Comprehensive PMP Course

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Four MASE team members complete a comprehensive 2-week PMP preparatory course

Amman, Jordan – August 2018: Four principal members of the MASE team have completed an intensive two week Project Management Professional (PMP) preparatory course.  The four team members intend to obtain PMP certification during the course of the next few months.  The course, which comprised over 45 hours of intensive knowledge building, material review and scenario analysis concluded with a formal graduation ceremony held at MASE’s offices in Amman.

“The PMP certification has become an industry standard and an important career milestone for engineers and project managers working within the field of solar energy.  Our employees are our most valued asset and we have always believed in supporting their development as individuals and as members of our growing team.  We place an importance on capacity building and career development and are always pleased to be able to support and nurture the ambitions of our colleagues.  This PMP course has prepared four of our principal team members for formal PMP certification, setting the stage for continued skill development and career growth.  Congratulations to each of my colleagues for completing this intensive course and I wish them the best of luck for formal certification” said Tareq Khalifeh, MASE’s Director of Operations.

Project Update: Al Safawi Solar PV Project

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Construction works on Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Project on track for commissioning during Q1 2019

Al Safawi, Jordan – August 2018: Construction works on the Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Plant developed by MASE affiliate ATC are on track for commissioning during the first half of 2019.  Construction on the project, which is located within the Al Safawi village in Mafraq, Jordan began early this year immediately after achieving the Financial Close milestone.

As of the time of this update’s release, most of the major project equipment has arrived on site.  Installation of the single-axis tracking support structure has also begun with significant progress.

The Project is considered one of the highest-profile investments in the Al Safawi region.  The project Sponsor, Al Safawi for Green Energy PSC, has placed a particular importance on the social and economical impact of the Project during construction, resulting in the training and subsequent employment of over 50 residents of the neighboring Al Safawi region.  The Project has also implemented several community-based initiatives.

 

About the Al Safawi Solar PV Project

The Al Safawi Arabia Two Solar PV Plant, with a capacity of 51 MW (66 MWp), is part of Jordan’s second round Renewable Energy IPP Program.  The project, which was awarded as a result of a record-breaking competitive bidding process, is being co-developed in partnership with a leading international solar development firm. Construction on the project commenced in Q1 2018, with the plant scheduled to be operational by 2019. ATC, MASE’s affiliate development entity which will hold the equity stake in the Al Safawi project, is the only developer to be successfully involved in both rounds of Jordan’s Renewable Energy IPP Program, having previously developed the currently operational Arabia One Solar PV Plant as part of the first round. MASE will provide comprehensive operations & maintenance to the project under a banked O&M contract.

MASE Summer Internship Program 2018

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Three students join the MASE Summer Internship Program for it’s third season

Amman, Jordan – July 2018: The MASE Summer Internship Program has filled up! Three bright and ambitious college students join our team for up to three months and experience first-hand designing, building, operating and maintaining retail and utility-scale solar PV plants. Thank you to all 20+ students who submitted applications.

About the MASE Summer Internship Program

The MASE Summer Internship Program is typically organized over a period of three months and is designed to provide interns with hands-on experience in the following fields:

1. Engineering and design of residential and rooftop solar PV systems
2. Engineering and design of utility solar PV systems
3. Regulatory and application management
4. OHSA prudent practices in solar energy
5. Implementation and construction of residential and rooftop solar PV systems
6. Implementation and construction of utility solar PV systems
7. Operations, maintenance and management of company solar asset portfolio
8. Performance analysis and reporting
9. Research and development

The Program’s general requirements are as follows:

  • Ongoing B.S. degree in a technical or engineering subject from a reputable institution
  • Strong technical background
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Current GPA of at least 3.0
  • Fluency in Arabic and English
  • Ability to travel within Jordan
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Solar O&M in the Middle East: technical challenges and solutions

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The Technical Paper is published in PV Tech Power‘s Volume 13 (December 2017).

MASE, the region’s leading utility solar O&M provider with over 100 MW of operational and underway solar assets under management, has contributed a technical paper in this month’s edition of PV Tech Power, the solar industry’s foremost technical publication.

The technical paper, titled ‘Solar O&M in the Middle East: technical challenges and solutions‘ covers a handful of unique technical and operational challenges facing utility solar operators in the Middle East region and some of the innovative solutions emerging to keep plants running in the harshest conditions.  The paper leverages MASE’s on-the-ground operational experience and evaluates a number of technical challenges including:

  • The impact of soiling on plant performance, optimal cleaning frequency and methodology;
  • Grid instability concerns, availability and the impact of frequency fluctuations;
  • Equipment design, vulnerability to harsh environmental conditions and recommendations.

In additional to comprehensive technical analysis, the paper builds upon MASE’s O&M experience and provides real-time insight and actionable observations to assist plant owners, contractors and equipment manufacturers in understanding the unique operational challenges of operating utility solar facilities in the Middle East region.

Authors: Tareq Khalifeh (MASE Director of Operations), Haya Shahatit (MASE Project Coordinator), Ady Almadanat (MASE Project Engineer) and Omar Baker (MASE Project Engineer).

 

About MASE’s O&M Value Proposition

MASE is dedicated to long term solar performance. Our focus is to become the leading provider of O&M and asset management services for solar plants in the Middle East. Currently, our solar assets under management comprise over 100 MWp of capacity. Our utility solar O&M value proposition covers:

  • Peak performance, maximum availability and rapid intervention;
  • Local on the ground presence, industry best practices and cutting-edge testing and diagnostics technology;
  • Regional partnerships with leading global O&M service providers.

MASE Awarded O&M Contract for 66.69 MWp Solar PV Project

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MASE to operate and maintain one of region’s largest solar plants 

Amman, Jordan – 18 September 2017:  MASE, a regional solar O&M and Asset Management firm, has signed the contract for the turn-key operations and maintenance of the Al Safawi Solar PV Plant with an installed capacity of 66.69 MWp.  The project, which has recently achieved financial close, is developed by a consortium consisting of Arabia Trading & Consulting (ATC), a leading Jordanian solar developer, and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading global utility-scale solar developer.  The project is financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO).

With an installed capacity of 66.69 MWp, the Al Safawi Solar PV Plant will be constructed in Safawi, a region north of Jordan.  The facility will incorporate single-axis tracking technology and more than 200,000 monocrystalline photovoltaic panels.  In addition to its existing bankable operations and maintenance framework, MASE intends to utilize the most progressive technology to perform its activities, including cutting-edge cleaning robots and drone-supported diagnostic equipment.

Tareq Khalifeh, MASE’s Director of Operations, said: “Because of its location and complexity, the addition of the Al Safawi Solar PV Plant capacity to our asset portfolio will greatly enhance the operational diversity of our operations and maintenance activities.  We are also proud to have been vetted and approved by top-rated developers and leading financial institutions such as EBRD and FMO, serving as testament to the bankability and competitiveness of our solar O&M value proposition.  The MASE team is looking forward to operating the Al Safawi Solar PV Plant and working with the local community in Safawi and the surrounding region to enhance the social impact of our forthcoming activities through a tailored training and employment program as part of our MASE Advancing Solar CSR Initiative launched earlier this year.  We also thank the project sponsors for the trust they have placed in our capabilities and their commitment towards involving local companies in the development of Jordan’s solar energy sector.”

With the addition of the Al Safawi Solar PV Plant capacity, MASE’s utility-scale solar assets under management will exceed 80 MWp of project-financed installed capacity.

About MASE

MASE was established by the Arabia Group of Companies, to lead clean energy development in Jordan and the MENA+GCC region.  Specializing in turnkey operation, maintenance and management of retail and utility-scale solar facilities, MASE is an award-winning solar O&M and Asset Management firm.  In total the firm has a portfolio of over 80 MWp of installed or projected plants under asset care.  MASE’s activities have received several awards and recognitions from the Middle East Solar Industries Association (MESIA) and the Intersolar Middle East seminar.

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MASE CSR Initiative Launched with Funding of Solar Installation

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MASE CSR initiative launches with the funding and implementation of a 5 kW rooftop solar PV system for a public school 

Amman, Jordan – July 2017: MASE is pleased to announce the launch of the MASE Advancing Solar CSR Initiative with the funding and implementation of a solar PV rooftop installation with a total capacity of 5 kW installed at the Gaza Secondary School for Girls in the city of Jerash, Jordan .  The solar installation, which was jointly funded by MASE and the IEEE’s Engineering Projects in Community Service Program (EPICS) will generate enough clean energy to offset a monthly average of 750 kWh to meet the school’s electricity requirements.

The solar facility is powered by polycrystalline solar PV modules and connected to the grid through high-efficiency micro-inverters.  The equipment is supported by a specialized aluminum support structure.  MASE’s Operations & Maintenance team will be managing the solar installation to ensure peak performance.

About the MASE Advancing Solar Initiative

The MASE Advancing Solar Initiative is a corporate social responsibility program aimed at advancing MASE’s corporate vision and sustainability values across communities in Jordan and abroad.  The Initiative aims to fund, support, develop and implement solar energy facilities within key impoverished communities, social gatherings and education establishments.  The Initiative also aims to spread awareness of solar energy and to provide opportunities for basic solar installation skill development, vocational training and technical coaching.

The MASE Advancing Solar Initiative is funded by the company’s own resources and executed by its team.