In the welcoming setting of the Aloft Hotel in Abu Dhabi, and in partnership with the World Future Energy Summit – Solar 2020, the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) unveiled the winners of the 2020 Middle East Solar Awards during a gala ceremony on January 15, 2020.
In total, there were 11 trophies in competition across several categories.
Woman of the Year award went to an active member of the merger and acquisitions department within the Clean Energy Unit of Masdar, Fatima Alsuaidi. Shehas been awarded for her amazing work and leadership in her activityevaluating big portfolio of projects in the U.S. to increase Masdar’s presence. The portfolio contains PV, wind and energy storage technologies.
Entrepreneur of the Year went to Ahmed Aldowsary. Ahmed is a founding employee for Nomadd Desert Solar Solutions. He has been the first Saudi Engineer to work on a commercial scale 19 MW solar PV in the world.
Sterling & Wilson took the Utility Project of the Year for its work as EPC at the Noor Abu Dhabi project (1.17GW) which is the world’s largest single location solar PV plant. The project is providing clean energy to 100,000 homes and has been executed in an impressive short timing of 23 months.
MESIA was thrilled to present two companies with the Industrial Solar Project of the Year award. The local company Clenergize has been recognized for their work in the Emirates Flight Catering Solar Project - 2.785MW. This solar plant is one of the largest installations on a laundry and food processing site in the world. The 2nd company awarded in this category is the very well-known ENGIE. They have successfully developed the first corporate power purchase agreement (“PPA”) project in the Middle East: the NADEC solar photovoltaic IPP. This project was launched in July 2018 by one of the largest agricultural and food-processing company in the GCC, to procure electricity from a 30 MWp solar PV facility in NADEC City, KSA.
Roof-Top Solar Project of the Year award went to SirajPower for their important project at DP World.
The Regional Company of the Year award went to ACWA Power for their unmatched contribution in the renewable industry, their involvement in the localization efforts and its impact on MENA region.
The Financial Advisor of the Year award went to Synergy Consulting Infrastructure & Financial Advisory Services Inc.. Synergy’s impeccable solar credentials and experience in the region helped it secure the financial advisory role on the first Solar IPP tendered by OPWP (Oman Power and Water Procurement Company), the Ibri II Solar in Oman.
The Legal Advisor of the Year accolade went once again to Pinsent Masons for their amazing work advising the successful EPC Contractor in the 950MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV) project procured by DEWA.
The Best Solar Innovation Award went to Value Addition for its participation in the DEWA R&D Building project located at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
For the third year and to honor the WFES - Solar 2020, jointly with the WFES organizer, we decided to recognize the “most innovative technology on display”. This award went to TVP Solar, a Swiss company developing a very innovative technology based on thermal energy.
Last but not least, the Solar Energy Picture of the Year went to Rawad Nasr, energy Engineer at the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation. He took a wonderful aerial picture of the public rooftop solar PV system overlooking the picturesque and historical bay of Jounieh in Lebanon.
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