1000 MW Solar Park Rises in Dubai
Just days before the World Energy Summit, taking place in Abu
Dhabi, the emirate of Dubai announced new plans to establish its
position as a renewable energy hub.
A $3.3 billion, 1,000 megawatt solar park will be built as part of
Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which targets a 30% reduction in
carbon emissions by 2030. The plant is expected to combine solar PV
and concentrating solar, but details have yet to be released.
According to the plan, solar will contribute 1% of Dubai's power
by 2020, when it reaches 1 GW of capacity, and 5% by 2030.
Although Dubai is drenched in sunlight, it's only installed 4.5 MW
of solar so far. The country is among the biggest per capita
electricity consumers in the world and also wants to reduce its
dependence on imported fossil fuels - oil and natural gas.
The Maktoum Solar Park will cover 18.5 square miles and be built
in two phases, with the first 10 MW phase coming online by the end
Members of Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy will finance the
first phase, which includes various government agencies such as
the Dubai Supply Authority and Dubai Petroleum Establishment
as well as Dubai Aluminum Company (DUBAL) and Emirates National Oil
The Council is exploring options for financing the rest of the
project, such as the creation of a clean energy fund and private
Dubai is also considering a feed-in tariff to drive
investment in small scale solar installations as well as
large-scale solar plants.
(Source: Jan 2012, SustainableBusiness.com, 1000 MW Solar Park
Rises in Dubai, Accessed on 16/01/2012)
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