Five things to know about the alternative energy projects in the GCC
The region continues to push ahead with diversifying its energy mix, as these projects underline
The region continues to push ahead with diversifying its energy mix, as these projects underline 1. Solar power in Dubai: Phase four of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the biggest concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the world, is now underway. The project will generate 700MW of clean energy and feature the world’s tallest solar tower. When completed it will supply electricity to 270,000 residences in Dubai. 2. Hydroelectricity in Hatta: In June, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will tender the UAE’s first hydroelectric power plant. The 250MW facility at Hatta will use water from the existing 1,716 million-gallon capacity dam. Dewa awarded a consultancy contract to France’s EDF for the $522m project. 3. Wind power in Dhofar: Masdar is one of the contractors for a 50MW wind farm in Oman, which will power 16,000 homes and offset 110,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The project was created in 2014 by Masdar and the Rural Areas Electricity Company of Oman. Funding comes from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. 4. Renewables in Saudi Arabia: Saudi’s National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP) is targeting 3.45GW of renewable energy by 2020 under the National Transformation Programme (NTP), and 9.5GW by 2023. The first target will be achieved by a mixture of wind, solar PV, concentrated solar power (CSP) and waste-to-energy technology. 5. Nuclear power in Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia is also fast-tracking an atomic energy programme to reduce its dependence on oil. It plans to build 16 nuclear reactors at a cost of $80bn, which will generate 10 percent of the country's power needs by 2040. By 2040, 55 percent of the country's power will come from nuclear and renewables.