By Sam Bridge
Rick Perry praises strategic vision of Sheikh Mohammed after visit to Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Rick Perry, US Secretary of Energy, has praised the strategic vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
He made the comments during a visit to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park which he described as a "visionary project".
“This facility which is the largest solar array in the world in a single site, is a very visionary project that reflects His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vision for the world and certainly for Dubai to be a leader in energy development," he said.
Perry said the giant solar park is a great example of what public private partnerships can do and how a small country, relatively speaking, can be a giant in the world of energy efficiency addressing global climate needs..
"Tip of the hat to HH for putting together his team here and the future looks bright in the surrounding area," added Perry.
Perry and a delegation from the US Department of Energy was received by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.
The meeting covered potential cooperation and sharing knowledge about renewable and clean energy.
Al Tayer said: “The UAE attaches great importance to environmental sustainability and the shift towards a green economy through increasing the share of clean and renewable energy. This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75 percent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050."
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world, will have a capacity of 5,000MW by 2030 with investments totalling AED50 billion.
He said that DEWA has investments worth over AED86 billion planned over the next five years to meet growing demand for electricity and water in Dubai.
The 13MW first phase of the solar park became operational in 2013 and the 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was commissioned in March 2017 to provide clean energy to 50,000 residences in Dubai.
DEWA is currently developing the third phase with a capacity of 800MW while phases four and five are also planned.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.