Zahrat Al Khaleej – What do you know about solar energy projects in the UAE?


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It is no secret that the United Arab Emirates seeks to achieve sustainable development and preserve the environment, away from dependence on oil, with the aim of achieving a balance between economic development and maintaining a safe, clean and healthy environment.

Solar energy projects are one of the advanced steps that the UAE is taking with confidence and success, based on adopting clean energy technologies, relying on its sunny climate throughout the year, through solar power plants: Noor Abu Dhabi, Shams Abu Dhabi, and the Mohammed bin Rashid Complex. Al Maktoum Solar in Dubai.

The world is awaiting the UAE’s efforts to switch to using renewable energy, especially solar energy, as it plans to take advantage of renewable resources to meet about 50% of its energy needs in 2050, during the twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Climate (COP28), next November.

Undoubtedly, solar energy plays a vital role in achieving the UAE’s strategy for climate neutrality, which will culminate its path and efforts to preserve the climate, as solar energy creates a balance between sustainable development and climate repercussions, with the aim of diversifying energy sources and not being satisfied with only one type of it.

Solar energy provides a lower cost for electricity generation solutions, compared to reliance on fossil fuels, as the UAE launched ambitious initiatives to increase reliance on solar energy, as it continued to build renewable and clean energy projects, most notably: the Shams Abu Dhabi project and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex in Dubai, which will have a production capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030.

The UAE is currently building the Al Dhafra solar photovoltaic plant in Abu Dhabi, which is the largest independent station in the world to produce electricity from solar energy within one site, with a capacity of up to 2 gigawatts of electricity.

The plant supports the diversification of renewable energy sources in Abu Dhabi, increases the emirate’s total capacity, and reduces carbon dioxide emissions. The station also aims to reduce the emirate’s carbon emissions by more than 2.4 million metric tons annually, which is equivalent to removing about 470,000 cars from the road, and providing electricity to more than 160,000 homes in the UAE.

The Shams plant, which is located in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest concentrated solar power stations in operation in the world with a capacity of 100 megawatts. Middle East and North Africa.

While the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex, which is being implemented by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority with a capacity of 950 megawatts, according to the independent product system, is the largest concentrated solar power plant in one location in the world, combining two technologies: concentrated solar energy , and solar photovoltaic energy.