Middle East Solar Industry Association
MESIA was born when a group of solar pioneers came together with the aim of giving life to the vast potential for solar in the Middle East. The group was led by Vahid Fotuhi from BP Solar and Prof. Georgeta Vidican from Masdar Institute. After a hugely successful launch event on November 23, 2009, the group established a steering committee made up of the key players in the local solar market.
These players went on to become the Founding Members of MESIA and they included: Enviromena, Alsa Solar Systems, Chadbourne & Parke, Masdar, Standard Chartered Bank, First Solar, Siemens, Power One, SCHOTT Solar and Schneider Electric. Along the way, the group experienced many technical, financial and operational challenges. Such an initiative had never been undertaken in the MENA region and there was resistance on many levels. But the team remained true to their passion for solar and pressed ahead.
Thanks to their hard work and perseverance, the Founding Members successfully laid the roots of what would emerge as the largest and most respected solar association in the MENA region.