Dubai launches 10MW solar park
DEWA to operate plant designed to help achieve sustainable development
Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy has launched the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the first utility scale production capacity park of its kind in the region and a prelude to the introduction of renewable energy projects in the Emirate.
Implemented by SCE and managed and operated by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the project will support sustainable development plans and preserve natural resources, while protecting the environment from pollution.
HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, said, "The UAE is striving to develop and boost its rich resources and expertise in the international energy markets and enhance its leading role as a world center for renewable energy research and development.”
Also, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has stressed the importance of preserving environmental and energy resources: “We recognise that preserving our energy resources will be one of the greatest challenges in our drive towards sustainable development. This, however, will not materialise unless the different facets of our society adopt energy conservation principles in their core values. The future generations will be the chief beneficiary of our achievements and the best judge of what we accomplish in this field.”
In his speech during the announcement of the Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO of DEWA, on behalf of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy, highlighted the advanced position achieved by the UAE in its continuous quest to achieve sustainable development and build a competitive economy in a future that depends less on fossil fuel energy through a range of sustainable energy sources.
“The Supreme Council of Energy shares with the world the challenges in the production and management of energy in an efficient and reliable manner. The Dubai Global Energy Forum, which had its inaugural session in April 2011, focused its deliberations over three days on the challenges affecting energy in all their forms, as well as sustainable development and climate change,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO of DEWA.
“The first project of the park will witness the production of power using photovoltaic cell technology, with a production capacity of 10MW by 2013. By 2030, the park will produce 1,000MW on the completion of all its phases,” added His Excellency.