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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) MD and CEO, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, has emphasised the substantial contribution that the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will make to Dubai’s future energy needs. The park, currently under construction in the Seih Al Dahal area, will have a final capacity of 1 GW when completed in 2030.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced in January 2012 the launch of a long-term national initiative to build a green economy in the UAE entitled, “Green Economy for Sustainable Development,” which seeks to enhance the country’s competitiveness and sustainability of its development, and preserve its environment for generations to come,” Al Tayer said.
“The Supreme Council of Energy (SCE) of Dubai was formed as a formal governing body and seeks to ensure sustainable energy resources for the Emirate’s growing economy in a cost-effective manner, and reduce and mitigate any negative impact on the environment. Within this legal framework, the Council governs all activities related to the energy sector in the Emirate of Dubai, including energy efficiency and resources management.”
Work on the solar park has been underway since the January announcement, with the first phase – a 10MW solar PV plant – expected to be operational by 2013. Further projects are currently being planned, with financing coming from SCE members such as DEWA, Dubal and ENOC. When completed, the solar park will be the largest of its kind in the region.
“By 2030, Dubai’s average energy growth is projected to be in the range of 4-5% per annum and our target under the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 is to reduce energy consumption by 30% through the implementation of enhanced energy-efficient initiatives and, by the same token, to significantly reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide. Currently, the combined power generation and desalinated water production in Dubai are most efficiently produced using natural gas and LNG as the primary fuel (99%), and supplemented by liquid fuel and diesel oil as secondary fuel (1%).
“As per the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy, by 2030 Dubai will have diversified its fuel mix by adding new energy sources such as 12% from clean coal, 5% from renewable energy including solar power, 12% from nuclear power and 71% from gas,” he added.
Al Tayer went on to say that distributed rooftop solar power could also make a contribution to meeting Dubai’s energy demand – with around 2,500 MW generated in this way by 2030. He said that technical, commercial and legal frameworks are currently being worked on to help ease the integration of solar power.