Qatar unveils $500m solar power plant plan

Qatar Foundation investment to help Gulf state generate 100MW within five years.

Plans have been revealed to build a major solar energy plant in Qatar to generate at least 100MW of solar power within five years.

More than $500 million is to be invested by Qatar Foundation in a plant to make polysilicon, the much sought-after raw material for solar cells.

The project will take only two years and the hi-tech, modular plant is to be built in Europe by a leading manufacturer and put together in Qatar on site, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) executive chairman Dr Tidu Maini said in comments published by Gulf Times on Monday.

“Plans are in the final stages for the polysilicon plant,” said Dr Maini.

“What we will do in Qatar is to build a base facility, producing 3,000 tonnes a year, and we might go up to 12 tons later,” Dr Maini told the paper.

QSTP will also encourage its tenants Tata, Chevron, Shell, and Total, which are major players in solar, to collaborate with Qatari companies emerging in the sector.

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