Solar power in the United Arab Emirates

Solar power in the United Arab Emirates :

Solar power in the United Arab Emirates has the potential to provide most of the country’s electricity demand. While being a major oil producing country, the United Arab Emirates…

Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is designed to be the most environmentally sustainable city in the world. The city relies entirely on renewable energy. Power is generated by a 10 MW solar PV power plant located on site and 1 MW of rooftop solar panels. Originally planned to have all rooftop panels, it was found easier to clean the sand off ground mounted panels at a single location.

The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy aims to provide 7 per cent of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020. It will increase this target to 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050. In April 2015, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) publicly announced the third phase of 800 MW, along with Dubai’s revised target to increase the share of renewables on the energy mix to 7% by 2020.

2016 was a record-breaking year for the solar power industry in the Middle Eastern region, with the UAE continuing to dominate the market in terms of large projects. Shopping mall owners Majid Al Futtaim Properties are set to install thousands of new solar panels at four of its malls to reduce the equivalent carbon emissions of taking 700 cars off the road. Solar panels are to be made mandatory for all buildings in Dubai by 2030.

Dewa is working to build the largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world. The 200-megawatt first phase will be operational by April 2021 through which Dewa will generate 1,000MW by 2030.

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