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MASE Team Member Research Paper Published in Science Direct

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Science Direct publishes research article co-authored by MASE’s Aya Al-Hmoud

The Internet – July 2019: Science Direct, a leading publisher of scientific and research content, has published a research paper titled ‘Comparative CFD analysis of thermal energy storage materials in photovoltaic/thermal panels’.  The article was co-authored by MASE’s Aya Al-Hmoud (Design & Analysis Engineer) who conducted research and developed findings during her time completing her Master’s of Science degree in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering from University of Surrey in 2018.

At MASE, Aya is responsible for designing commercial and industrial solar PV systems and analyzing the performance of operational solar PV assets as part of the Company’s operations and maintenance value proposition.

The research article is organized into four main sections.  The authors use a transient Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation to compare the performance of desert sand to that of well-established phase-change materials used in photovoltaic/thermal systems. The simulation gives as a result the temperature profiles within the device as well as the time evolution of the charge/discharge cycles when using PCMs. The results show the suitability of desert sand as a thermal storage material to be used in photovoltaic/thermal systems.

The research article can be accessed through the following link.

 

MASE to Speak at RES4MED B2G Conference

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MASE will speak at the Business-to-Government High Level Workshop organized by RES4MED&Africa

Amman, Jordan – March 2019: MASE will be speaking at the high-level business-to-government workshop organized by Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean and Africa (RES4MED&Africa), a regional platform for public-private sector dialogue with a core focus on addressing renewable energy issues across the Middle East and Africa regions.

MASE will be represented by its Managing Director Tareq Khalifeh, who will address a panel of private and public sector speakers.  The focus of the discussions will be on long-term energy strategies as mechanisms to exploiting new business models for an effective integration of renewable energy systems.

The workshop, which will see the participation of Jordan’s Minister of Energy & Mineral Resources and Minister of Water and Irrigation, is expected to avail a platform of open dialogue between key private sector players and high-level public sector decision makers.

 

About the Workshop

RES4Med&Africa is organizing a high-level Business-to-Government (B2G) workshop focused on the long-term energy strategies and the grid solutions for integrating the renewable energy systems, attracting investments and exploiting the socio-economic benefits of renewables in Jordan.

RES4Med&Africa, with over 7 years of experience in leading policy dialogue, technical support and capacity building activities, is among the only associations active in promoting the uptake of RE investments in Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan African countries and counts on a strong track record in high-level training and Executive Seminars.

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.

 

About Solar Quarter

Solar Quarter is Asia’s leading knowledge and media service providers in the solar energy sector. Solar Quarter create and deliver highly specialized information through digital portals, print publishing, corporate training and business conferences providing valuable knowledge to individuals, businesses and organizations globally. Solar Quarter’s print and digital versions have a reach to more than 500,000 professionals from across the globe.

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.

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.

PV Magazine: Financing for 51 MW PV Plant in Jordan Secured

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EBRD extending loan to finance 51 MW solar PV plant in Jordan

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced this week that is extending a $65 million loan to finance a 51 MW solar PV plant in Jordan. The loan is split equally between the EBRD and the Dutch development bank (FMO).

The 51 MW project is located in the Al-Safawi area, Northern Jordan, and is the fourth of the second solar tender that Jordan ran in 2015. All four projects of this tender are about 50 MW each.

Jordan’s first solar tender had also auctioned 200 MW of PV capacity, dispersed among 12 projects that are fully operational today.

A third solar PV tender was initiated by Jordan’s Government in December 2016 also concerning another 200 MW of capacity and the applications are still under review.

The 51 MW project funded by the EBRD and the FMO is developed by Al-Safawi for Green Energy PSC, a Jordanian company that is 70% owned by Spain’s Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and 30% by Jordans’ Arabia Trading and Consulting Company.

Mohanned Khalifeh, CEO of the Arabia Trading and Consulting Group, said that “as the only local developer to be successfully involved in this second round of the solar programme, we endeavour to amplify our commitment through the capacity building of local Jordanian talent across all project phases.”

All four projects of the second solar tender are now under construction.

Venture Magazine: ATC Secures Financing for Solar Project, MASE to Operate & Maintain

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ATC Secures Financing for 66.69 MWp Solar PV Project

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Arabia Trading & Consulting (ATC – an Arabia Group company), a leading Jordanian utility-scale solar developer, has announced it has reached financial close for its second solar project in Jordan, further cementing its commitment towards supporting Jordan’s renewable energy ambitions and expanding its investments in IPP solar assets.

Financial close has been achieved on a $65 million loan divided equally between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO). The loan will be provided to Al Safawi for Green Energy PSC, an SPV representing the consortium of ATC and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), to finance the Al Safawi 51 MW (66.69 MWp) Solar PV Plant.

The Al Safawi Solar PV Plant is ATC’s second solar project in Jordan, having previously developed the currently operational Arabia One 11.52 MWp Solar PV Plant in Ma’an as part of Round 1. By achieving this milestone, ATC remains the only developer to be successfully involved in each of Jordan’s renewable energy IPP programs and is the only local developer in Round 2. ATC’s affiliate MASE will be providing turnkey operations and maintenance services to the 66.69 MWp solar plant.

The project will incorporate single-axis tracking technology that will optimize its performance, with more than 200,000 monocrystalline photovoltaic panels that will generate enough electricity to supply more than 40,000 Jordanian homes. The project is expected to generate over 100 jobs during its construction and permanent jobs once the operation is started.

Mohanned Khalifeh, Arabia Group CEO, emphasised the importance of local developers in advancing Jordan’s dynamic shift towards clean and sustainable energy: “The Al-Safawi project further cements ATC’s commitment towards supporting Jordan’s renewable energy ambitions. The project, which was originated by ATC, is our second solar development in Jordan. As the only local developer to be successfully involved in this second round of solar programme, we endeavour to amplify our commitment through the capacity building of local Jordanian talent across all project phases. This project would not have achieved this important milestone without the unwavering support of the relevant public entities including the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (MEMR) and the National Electricity Production Company (NEPCO).”

Harry Boyd-Carpenter, EBRD Director for Power and Energy, said: “This project is the third financed by EBRD under Jordan’s second round of its solar energy program, bringing the total installed capacity of power projects supported by EBRD in Jordan to more than 1,000 MW AC. We are pleased to continue our successful cooperation with FMO and FRV, and delighted to support FRV and ATC in this fruitful collaboration.”

Rafael Benjumea, CEO of FRV highlighted the social impact of the project: “Al Safawi’s project shows once again the commitment of the Jordanian government to implement its energy strategy and meet established renewable targets. With this being our latest project in Jordan, FRV is contributing to Jordan’s sustainable development with the generation of clean and affordable energy in the country.”

 

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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Arabia One Solar PV Plant Officially Inaugurated

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Arabia One Solar PV Plant officially inaugurated under Royal patronage

Ma’an, Jordan – May 2017: MASE is pleased to announce the official inauguration of its flagship solar PV facility — the Arabia One 11.5 MW Solar PV Plant — under the Royal patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein.  The grand ceremony, which was organized by the EDAMA Association, took place within the premises of the Ma’an Development Area (MDA) Solar Park I and comprised the official inauguration of the twelve Round I solar PV projects.

Separate in-person briefings by each of the project developers were given to His Majesty during the 30-minute ceremony.  The briefing provided by the Arabia One team focused on the constructive outcomes of the Arabia One development, including local job creation, skill development and most importantly the conception of bankable local project developers, asset managers and plant operators.  The Arabia One team also elaborated on the continuing activities of Arabia One’s local developer ATC, the only developer to have been successful in both Round I and Round II of the direct proposal program and currently developing the Safawi 50 MW solar PV project in northern Jordan, expected to achieve commercial operation by mid-2018.

About the Arabia One Solar PV Plant

Located in the Ma’an Development Area, the Arabia One 11.52 MWp Solar PV Plant is part of Jordan’s first round Renewable Energy IPP Program, which comprises a total PV capacity of 200 MW and is the first program of its kind in the MENA + GCC region.  Through its group-level equity stake in the Arabia One plant, ATC has led the development of this industry-leading project in partnership with international solar companies and obtained top-tier financing from global development finance institutions such as the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and Finland’s Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation.

The Arabia One project has been one of the most progressed out of all utility-scale solar projects in Jordan and the MENA + GCC region as a whole.

MASE, along with its O&M partner Alectris, is responsible for managing, operating and maintaining the Arabia One 11.52 MWp Solar PV Plant through a comprehensive and bankable O&M and Asset Management Contract. MASE has been approved as an O&M vendor by the Project’s sponsors, which include international solar companies and global investment firms, and its lenders, including the World Bank’s IFC and FinnFund. MASE currently carries out preventive, corrective and conditional maintenance activities on the Plant, as well as operations and asset management services comprising periodical reporting, real-time monitoring, forecasting and maintenance service management.

Click here for the official inauguration video