The emirate of Dubai in the UAE is poised to announce a big solar power plant as part of its drive to generate 5 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2030, Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer, vice chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy, said on Monday 26 September.

Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 sets a goal of cutting energy imports and carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The emirate targets an energy mix for 2030 of 71 per cent of electricity from gas, 12 per cent from coal, 12 percent from nuclear – imported mainly from Abu Dhabi – and 5 percent from solar by 2030, he added.

“In line with Dubai’s energy strategy the plan is to have 5 percent of renewables in the electricity supply mix. This is mainly going to be solar,” said Tayer, also chief executive of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), reported Reuters.

“Soon we will have a very big (solar) project in Dubai we are trying to find a date to announce it. We have identified the place.”

But Tayer specified neither the capacity nor location of the project.

The UAE expects to start its first nuclear power plant in 2017, and aims for nuclear energy to eventually supply 25 per cent of its power.

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