Posted on January 29, 2011

Following the success of the Qatar Alternative Energy Investors Summit 2010, Kahramaa - Qatar's General Electricity and Water Corporation has strategically partnered with Naseba to host the 2011 edition of the summit. This year's platform, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before, will take place on March 16th - 17th at the Sharq Village Hotel and Spa in Doha.

The summit will showcase regional alternative energy projects and initiatives, and host investment bodies and private investors, influential international and regional decision makers from across the industry to create a platform for raising capital for the leading regional projects. The two-day summit will be attended by over 100 representatives from government authorities, investment firms, and industry service providers, amongst others.

His Excellency Eng. Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, Acting Managing Director of Kahramaa, Chairman of Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), highly optimistic about the summit, enthused, "It is an excellent opportunity to meet with all pivots of the renewable energy industry including the government representatives, the academics, the investors & the private sector representatives."

Also commenting on the further stated, "This summit is important as it comes at a time when the world economy is heading towards recovery after 2009 recess. The Qatari economy as part of the market economy is seeking this opportunity to invest in renewable energy which will eventually benefit both the economy and the environment."

In coherence with the energy investments plans of the region, the summit will highlight the future energy outlook for Qatar and the Middle East. Additional highlights include:
- Government alternative energy strategies and goals
- The investment landscape within alternative energy
- The risks, the rewards and return on investment
- Solar versus wind- the key factors that need to be considered before investing

Nicholas Watson, Energy Series director at Naseba stated "Qatar Investment Authority is earmarking $130bn for investment over the next 5-6 years, $65bn of which will be devoted to energy-related projects. Qatar has an anticipated growth rate of 20% in a region that has energy investments potential of $615bn; and active government initiatives such as Kahramaa investing $4bn in power generation and involvement in the first solar-powered desalination plant, Qatar will very soon become the region's energy hub."

Some of the alternative energy experts who will be discussing these key issues during the two day summit include:
- His Excellency Eng. Essa bin Hilal al Kuwari, Acting Managing Director of Kahramaa, Chairman of Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority
- Dr. Horst Kreuter, Member of Board of Directors, International Geothermal Association
- Dr. Dirar Khoury, Director of Institutional Research, Qatar Foundation
- Ben Cotton, Partner, Earth Capital Partners
- Ennis Rimawi, Managing Partner, Catalyst Private Equity

The organisers have announced that Helianthus Group, Altira group (Ecolutions Solar), AZMEEL International for Construction and Trading, I2BF, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation - Kahramaa, International Geothermal Association, and Oxford Business Group, among others are the main sponsors and partners for the summit.