By Parag Deulgaonkar
Dubai aims to generate 7% power from clean energy sources by 2020
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will showcase its renewable-energy projects at the 10th World Future Energy Summit (WFES), part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, from today (Tuesday).
The utility provider will highlight its mega $13.63 billion (AED50 billion) Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar energy project in the world, producing 5,000MW by 2030, at the four-day event.
It will also showcase its new headquarters “Al Sheraa” (Arabic for sail) in Culture Village - the tallest, largest and smartest net zero energy government building in the world.
Other initiatives such as Shams Dubai, smart applications through smart meters and grids, and building the infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations through the Green Charger initiative will be displayed.
Dewa officials will also share information on the comprehensive Hatta Development Plan, which includes the first hydroelectric power station in the Gulf Cooperation Council. The power station will be completed within five years and will produce 250MW.
“The UAE has consolidated its global leading position in clean and renewable energy and is implementing quality projects to increase the percentage of renewable energy in the energy mix,” Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer, Dewa.
He said their initiatives support Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to transform the emirate into an international hub for clean energy and green economy.
The emirate plans to generate 7 percent of its total power output from clean energy sources by 2020, increasing the target to 25 percent by 2030 and to 75 percent by 2050.For all the latest energy and oil news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.