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First Big 5 Solar event to launch this year as solar technology demand thrives in the Middle East


First Big 5 Solar event to launch this year as solar technology demand thrives in the Middle East

08 Mar 2017 by: dmg events dmg events

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 — Organisers of The Big 5 announced the launch of a brand new show dedicated to the Middle East's burgeoning solar industry: The Big 5 Solar. From 26 to 29 November 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the exhibition will open its doors to thousands of decision makers, buyers and manufacturers, showcasing the very latest solar thermal & photovoltaic technologies.

2016 has been a record breaking year for the industry in the region, and future looks even brighter, according to the Middle East Solar Industry Association's latest report.  With solar PV without storage becoming one of the cheapest sources of electricity, power demand on the rise, and the recognised need to develop environmentally sustainable solutions, solar penetration in the Middle East is accelerating. 

In the United Arab Emirates, rooftop solar output is growing more than 1,100% over a 1-year period, from 6MW in 2016 to 70MW by the end of 2017, the report forecasts. With 135 operational solar (PV and CSP) installations, 1,000 under execution, and 1,200 under tender, the UAE is one of the most promising markets for solar energy.

 “The UAE Energy Plan 2050 aims at increasing clean energy use by 50%, cutting down carbon dioxide emissions by 70% before the mid of this century. There's an unequivocal need for advanced solar technologies in the region,â€' The Big 5 Solar Event Director, Josine Heijmans, commented.

Co-located with The Big 5, the largest, most influential and renowned construction event in the region attracting 78,869 participants from more than 120 countries last year, The Big 5 Solar 2017 is set to become an unmissable and truly global platform for solar industry professionals to network, learn and do business in the Middle East. “20% of the visitors at The Big 5 2016 expressed an interest in solar technologies. It's with this growing demand in mind that dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa is launching its first ever The Big 5 Solar in November, co-located with The Big 5.â€'

The event will bring to Dubai the latest solar technologies from leading PV manufacturing countries like Germany, Italy, China, India and Turkey as well as from the GCC region. Alongside the exhibition, international experts will share cutting-edge insights and industry best practices at a series of free to attend CPD-certified workshops. Moreover, a one day Global Solar Leaders Summit will contribute to the development of the solar industry, ensuring full support to achieving the UAE's 2050 Energy goals.

Previous solar events organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa attracted more than 4000 key buyers from over 65 countries. To know more about The Big 5 Solar, visit 

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