The Renewables Revolution

Desert Technologies’ turn-key design and construction team has over 300MW of photovoltaic experience, from ground-mounted installations to rooftops and solar carports.

In the next 25 years, the world’s power-generating capacity mix will be transformed from today’s system composed of two-thirds fossil fuels to one with 56% from zero-emission energy sources.  Bloomberg New Energy Finance, in its authoritative New Energy Outlook forecasts that renewables will command just under 60% of the 9,786GW of new generating capacity installed by 2040, and two-thirds of the $12.2 trillion of investment. Renewable installations are rising every year and this revolution in how energy is generated will be driven not by policy decisions but by the declining costs of renewables technologies, driven by improving efficiencies and economies of scale from widespread commercialization.

The majority of this cost will come from high-growth emerging markets, as developing non-OECD countries build 287GW a year to satisfy demand spurred by economic growth and rising electrification. This will require around $370bn of investment a year, or 80% of investment in power capacity worldwide. In total, developing countries will build nearly three times as much new capacity as developed nations, at 7,460GW – of which around half will be renewables. Saudi Arabia, DT’s domestic market, is set to be renewable energy market leader with a phenomenal 9.5 GW of Wind and Solar to be installed by 2023, with a focus on local content in the supply chain.

The cumulative global market for solar PV is expected to triple by 2020 to almost 700 gigawatts, with annual demand eclipsing 100 gigawatts in 2019. Solar demand will likely be almost entirely market-based in 2020; a dramatic shift from 2012 when almost all demand was premised on direct incentives.

The Rise of Solar

All-in project costs for wind will come down by an average of 32% and solar 48% by 2040 due to steep experience curves and improved financing. Wind is already the cheapest form of new power generation capacity in Europe, Australia and Brazil and by 2026 it will be the least-cost option almost universally, with utility-scale PV likely to take that mantle by 2030. Solar is booming worldwide, accounting for 35% (3,429GW) of capacity additions and nearly a third ($3.7 trillion) of global investment, split evenly between small- and utility-scale installations: large-scale plants will increasingly out-compete wind, gas and coal in sunny locations, with a sustained boom post 2020 in developing countries, making Solar the number one sector in terms of capacity additions over the next 25 years.


Source: New Energy Outlook 2015, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

EPC: ground mounted


998,2 kWp, Parabita, Italy
EPC: Enerray SpA


1 Mw, Lecce, Italy
EPC: Enerray SpA


896,28kWp, Fattizze, Italy
EPC: Enerray SpA

Utility scale ground mounted installations are at the core of both our EPC and development business. With significant economies of scale, these large installations are ideal for grid connected projects or off-grid projects with a high consumption off-takers such as factories, mines, desalination plants, residential compounds or isolated villages.

Ground mounted installations, unlike rooftop or carport installations, requires large areas of land. We are also highly experienced in managing the interconnection, including high tension lines, of the utility scale plants to the electricity grid. As with all our EPC business, we can continue to look after the plant after completion, providing operating, maintenance and security services for all types of installation.

EPC: rooftops


901.60 Kwp Brescia, Italy
EPC: Enerray SpA


198.88 Kwp Ferrari Spa, Maranello, Italy
EPC: Enerray SpA


540,03 kWp, Osimo Stazione, Italy
EPC: Enerray SpA

We use high efficiency crystalline silicon panels to transform unused roof space into an electricity generating asset.

Particularly suitable for the urban environment where empty land is prohibitively expensive, rooftop installations carry additional advantages in hot countries. By insulating the roof against direct sunlight, the panels significantly reduce air conditioning costs. Furthermore, the elevated location of the panels reduces the risk of theft or accidental damage.

Our engineering team have over 90MW of rooftop installation experience in this increasingly popular solution, making us a world leader in the field.

EPC: carport


390 Kwp , Arden Fair Mall, Ca
EPC: Desert Technologies


216 Kwp Lucca Car Park, Italy
EPC: Enerray SpA


900 Kwp Cal Expo, Sacramento, Ca
EPC: Desert Technologies

PV Carport canopies are a stylish and efficient solution that combine electricity with providing shelter to parked cars.
The canopy can be integrated into a variety of different carport designs and structures, creating a progressive and stylish architectural statement. By installing solar panels directly onto the structure instead of layering them onto the roofing materials, we can offset some of the construction cost.

Carport canopy systems can stand alone or be combined with other building systems, such as curtain wall integrated panels or rooftop mounted arrays, to directly reduce electricity bills and minimize reliance on the grid.

EPC: curtain wall and BIPV


80 Laight Street, NYC
EPC: Desert Technologies


184 Kwp, Maccaferri Hq, Bologna, Italy
EPC: Enerray SpA


Philadelphia School Of The Future, USA
EPC: Desert Technologies

Our uniquely versatile amorphous silicon thin film (a-Si) technology opens up a wide variety of possibilities in building integrated photovoltaics. By adjusting the transparency, thickness, colour and size of the glass and substrate, electricity generating modules can replace tinted windows, transforming the absorbed sunlight into electricity to power the building’s needs.

The modules can be made to almost any requirement, and by working closely with architects and designers during the planning stage can be made to fit seamlessly with the building’s overall aesthetic.