Dubai gears up for new renewables drive

Dubai is planning an increase in investment in renewable power to meet an expected boom in housing and subsequent demand for power.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority says it is better prepared for the task of supplying essential utility services to the ever-growing population. And the authority hopes to reduce power and water usage in a city not known for reserved consumption, according to the Financial Times.

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By 2030, Dubai plans to source 5 per cent of its energy from renewables, 12 per cent from nuclear power, 12 per cent from “clean coal” and 71 per cent from gas. The renewable component will come primarily from solar power via the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The government has awarded the first-phase construction contract to US-based First Solar for a modest 13 MW photovoltaic plant opening later this year.

Dubai is also in the process of approving plans to allow homeowners to set up cost-effective solar panels for domestic use and to feed electricity into the grid.

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