Mena governments have been slow to adopt renewables, but economic diversification plans and competition for conventional generation fuels suggest growth may pick up.

Mena region utilities added 1.64GW or 5.7% to their capacity to generate power from renewable sources in 2017. While this was an improvement on a 1.40GW or 5.1% increase in 2016 it was substantially below the global renewables expansion of 13.5% last year.

Global renewables generating capacity exceeded 2.28TW by the end of...