In this paper two topics are investigated: stochastic project management for a new version of a solar concentrating pilot plant and a market analysis for the concept-s use in desalination and process heat applications in the Middle East and Northern Africa. First of all, the basics of project and risk management are discussed followed by a screening of stochastic project management with strong focus on renewable energy. Herefore, studies about risk management for sustainable energy projects conducted by the International Energy Agency and the European Commission are cited. But also manifold sophisticated literature on risk management processes as well as the acceptance of stochastic project management is taken into account. Based on this theoretical knowledge the pilot plant project is planned, including risks simulated by the software @Risk. The second part starts with an elaboration on the economic, politic and natural conditions of the Middle East and Northern Africa. This shows exclusivly good solar irradiance and a good amount of political motivation based on expectations of a flourishing labor market and attractive international monetary incentives. However, also negative issues like an extremly low oil price, comparably poor subsidy systems for renewables, high risk premiums charged by investors and poor grid coverage are mentioned. Concerning desalination technologies like reverse osmosis, multi effect distillation and multistage flash distillation as well as their combination possibilities with renewable energy are discussed. Additionally the competition with other renewables and the advantages of solarthermal power is charactarized. The existing market for that technology and its players is explained and results from demonstration plants are reviewed. Focusing on process heat the competition among renewables like biomass, geothermal power and heat pumps as well as between solar power plants is explained. A market overview is given and the results obtained by measurements at demonstration plants are discussed. The topic is rounded up with an insight into barriers like long payback times and a poor knowledge base on industrial process integration.