First Solar sets up Middle East unit
Solar specialist to open Dubai office in ENPARK
United States-based solar firm First Solar has announced that it will open its first Middle East regional office in Dubai’s Environment and Energy Park (ENPARK), one of TECOM Investment’s 10 business parks within the Emirate. First Solar will establish a Middle East operating subsidiary to help support future project work, including the recently awarded first phase of the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
First Solar is currently building a 13 MW solar PV plant as part of these plans, whilst it is also supplying Abu Dhabi’s Masdar with half of the solar panels being used at a 10 MW plant at Masdar City. The firm made the announcement during the Solar Middle East 2013 event in Dubai.
“The Middle East is expected to be a major engine for the growth of solar energy in the years to come. Utility-scale photovoltaic solar systems are economical, highly efficient and reliable sources of alternative energy. Our advanced thin film technology yields superior energy output in real-world conditions in hot-climate desert areas, low-cost volume production benefits, and superior environmental performance. We are excited to be able to directly address and provide part of the solution to the growing energy demand in the Middle East region,” said Ahmed Nada, First Solar vice president of business development for the Middle East.
Ahmed Nada is a recent appointment to the firm, at which he will now lead business development activities in the region outside of Saudi Arabia from the company’s Dubai office. He joins the firm after 14 years with General Electric.
Speaking on his appointment he said: “Utility-scale solar power offers a compelling solution to the region’s growing energy needs, and this is a great opportunity to leverage First Solar’s proven technology and global experience to provide the best value to our customers here.”