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Egypt: Aiming at High-Quality Supply Chain

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 29, 2014
Egypt TrainingSolar energy is becoming an increasingly attractive and feasible option for many applications in Egypt against a backdrop of rising energy prices across the country. In July 2014, the long-announced first step of reducing fossil fuel and electricity subsidies resulted in a new energy price hike. According to the Chairman of the Solar Energy Development Association (SEDA), Khaled Gasser, diesel prices have jumped by 70%, the ones for petrol by, on average, around 40%, whereas natural gas prices have risen by 30 to 70 %, and electricity is now 25 % more expensive. The next challenge is to develop a high-quality solar thermal supply chain from system providers to certified installers
Photo: RENAC 
 

Egypt: Green Star Hotels “Download” the Sun

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 9, 2014
At the end of November, participants of a workshop in Munich, Germany, debated Egypt’s attempt at making the most use of the sunlight available in the country. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria organised a one-day seminar, offering presentations on energy and renewable policy in the North-African country. 35 participants from solar thermal and solar PV system suppliers, consultancies and institutions used the opportunity to learn more about the important role of solar energy in Egypt and the 100,000 green hotel rooms programme. The figure shows the slogan “Download the Sun”, which had already been adopted in several event in 2013. 
Figure: GIZ

Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 25, 2013

Sometimes, it takes a while until good ideas are copied. This has been the case with solar/renewable building codes, which were invented in Israel more than 30 years ago. It has just been over the last ten years, however, that this political instrument reached all five continents. Frontrunner in Europe was Spain, which approved the Technical Building Code, CTE, in March 2006. It stipulates that new residential buildings and those undergoing major renovation must cover 30 to 70 % of their hot water demand by renewable energies. Outside Europe, it was the Australian state of Victoria which, in 2005, implemented the first building standard after Israel had done so two decades earlier. Israel’s building code lets private homeowners choose between two options - a solar water heater or a rainwater tank - in case of newly built houses and major renovations. In the meantime, the database of solar obligations on solarthermalworld.org has grown further and now includes 24 countries which use one of the various types of solar or renewable building codes. You will find the database by filtering on --> policy --> obligation.
Source: solrico

Egypt: Stakeholders sign Memorandum of Understanding for Solar Initiative

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 19, 2013

At a press conference on 2 June 2013, Khaled Gasser, Chairman of the Solar Energy Development Association (SEDA), Sherif Elwi, Deputy Chairman of the National Bank of Egypt, Hisham Zaazou, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, and Hussein Ghaleb, Vice Chairman of the Egyptian Hotel Association (EHA) (from left to right), signed a Memorandum of Understanding which is thought to increase the share of solar energy and improve energy efficiency in Egypt´s tourism sector. Journalists from several Arab countries attended the press meeting, which was organised by Egypt’s Ministry for Tourism. The political process was accompanied by the German solar thermal consultant Werner Koldehoff (right).
Photo: Eva Augsten

Egypt Starts Green Tourism Initiative with Hotel Solar Obligation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 4, 2013

While Egypt is still making headlines for its unstable political situation since the revolution almost two years ago, there seems to be a newly emerging political commitment to solar thermal energy. On 22 January, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zaazou, announced a solar water heating programme for the hotel sector at Cairo's “Green Energy: A Need for Sustainable Tourism” conference. The recommendations which the minister presented to more than 300 conference participants had been developed together with the German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ, and the Egyptian Solar Energy Development Association (SEDA). “The need for green transformation in the Egyptian tourism sector is a vital request that needs to be realised for the future growth and sustainability of the sector,” it says in the final declaration (see the attached document). Among the short-term projects that need to be started immediately is an obligation for hot water production and energy-efficient lighting in hotels. The photo shows the speakers of the main panel during the conference (from left): Werner Koldehoff, German consultant, Michael Bock, German Ambassador to Egypt, Hisham Zaazou, Minister of Tourism, and Dr Ibrahim Samak, Managing Director of German company Engcotec.
Photo: GIZ

Egypt: Solar Water Heaters to Help Cut Down Energy Subsidies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 11, 2012

Egypt’s tourism sector is about to become the first target group of an incentive programme and an awareness campaign for solar water heating. Ahmed El Sherif, Secretary General of the Egyptian Solar Energy Development Association (SEDA), considers this the first big political success of his non-profit association. The organisation was founded in 2010, just before the revolution, with support from the German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ Cairo’s private sector development programme. The photo shows the SEDA team at a workshop with international guests.
Photo: SEDA

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