The Energy Minister of Qatar and the president of the country’s state-run utility today threw their weight behind bringing a “surge” of renewables to the region.

The minister, His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, said he was determined that Qatar would utilise solar power on a large scale and added that it is already working on a pilot project to produce 5-10 MW of solar power.


He also said he wanted Qatar to manufacture photovoltaic components so that the country could begin to use renewable energy from domestic industry.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of POWER-GEN Middle East and WaterWorld Middle East in Qatar’s capital Doha.

Following the minister’s comments, the president of power and water utility KAHRAMAA, Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, said that the world is “at an energy crossroads” and renewables were seeing “a surge of interest and investment”.

Later during the ceremony, Remy Rowhani, director-general of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told the packed audience at the National Convention Centre that “we are living in a world of changing demographics” and in the future, “mega-cities would bring “great promise and peril”. The solution to this “transformed energy landscape” was collaboration, he said, “because demand for power is only set to grow from here on in”.

POWER-GEN Middle East runs until Wednesday and next year will move to Abu Dhabi.

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