The United Arab Emirates seeks independence from the export of hydrocarbons amid a fall in oil prices.
In recent years, the Government of the United Arab Emirates has been successfully implementing projects in the field of renewable energy sources and nuclear power. The proof of the stable position of the Emirates should become the double increase in the production of solar electricity in Dubai.
By 2030 in Dubai, the construction of the largest in the Middle East “Solar Park”, which will combine several powerful plants for the production of solar energy, should end. The UAE believes that the success of such a large project will attract investors from all over the world to the national alternative energy.
A large-scale plan is being implemented in Dubai, which goal is to provide 25% of the total needs to non-oil sources by 2025, and this figure is expected to grow to 75% by 2050. Such sources of energy will include natural gas, solar energy, enriched coal and nuclear energy .
The Dubai Electricity and Water Supply Authority (DEWA) will spend 81 billion dirhams (US $ 22 billion) on energy projects over the next 5 years.
DEWA last week signed a contract for a 815 megawatt gas turbine facility in a suburb of Dubai with Siemens AG and El Sewedy Power.
The company is also building the world’s largest solar energy park, in line with the desire to reduce dependence on natural gas as the main source of electricity.
As it has been already mentioned, the solar park will soon become the world’s largest complex of solar power plants. Its total capacity after commissioning of all generating units will reach 3 gigawatts. By 2050, 75% of energy sources should be renewable.
The new concentrated solar power plant will be part of the project to build 5 GW of solar power capacity in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park. All the power plants of the new solar park are scheduled to be commissioned before 2030.
DEWA is also building the region’s first hydrocumulative power plant in Hatta with a total capacity of 250 megawatts.
Dubai has already taken some interesting decisions for the development of renewable energy sources, for example, the city authorities plan to install solar panels on the roof of each building until 2030.
The number of buildings with solar panels on the roofs in Dubai almost doubled during 2017. This was made possible by the efforts of the emirate to equip buildings with photovoltaic panels.
The initiative, launched in 2015, aims to ensure that by 2030 solar panels will be installed on all the roofs of the emirate. The excess capacity generated by solar panels in the network will be reflected in the customer’s electricity bills.
To encourage residents and businesses to switch to solar energy, Dewa created a calculator on its website, through which it is possible to compare costs.
Dubai aims to ensure that by 2020, 7% of the total energy production to become for environmentally friendly sources, 25% – by 2030 and 75% – by 2050.
A lot of projects in the field of renewable energy sources have been successfully implemented in the UAE. The government realizes that in the near future the energy needs of the state will only increase. That is why innovative projects are being introduced.
This strategic project will ensure the sustainability and transformation of Dubai into an international center for clean energy and a green economy.