Electricity consumption is on the rise as the global population is increasing. The need of energy has been discussed in length over the years. Oil and gas have been the primary resource for generators fuel. As oil and gas are a finite resource, an alternative resource that does not harm the environment is needed to generate energy. The Middle East and North Africa have a huge potential for using solar and wind energy to generate electricity as MENA region has one of the highest levels on solar irradiation. A new system of transferring the power through the MENA region is proposed. HVDC can be utilized to transfer energy over large distance with minimal losses where it is used for an interconnection grid between the MENA countries. Moreover, factors affecting future project, in the MENA region, such as the political atmosphere of the MENA countries, and how it affects the decision of constructing a project are analyzed. Secondly, the infrastructure and readiness of the MENA countries toward building Renewable energy and HVDC substation. Thirdly, risks and constrains of implementing these projects. Fourthly, the financial cost of the RE and HVDC projects. Fifthly, how social media and news orient the people thinking and decision making. Sixthly, existing rules and regulations in the energy sector are investigated. Finally, recommendations were given to each factor to ensure the smooth transition to produce green energy by utilizing renewable energy.
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Al Maazmi, Rashid and Broushan, Mahmood, "Conducting a feasibility study for generating power from renewable energy resources and utilizing High Voltage Direct Current for interconnection in the Middle East and North Africa" (2020). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from