The sun shines on Dubai all year around, and now its rays will be used to harness energy.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the building of the world's largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) in the city, reports Khaleej Times.
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The project will cost a whopping Dhs14.2 billion, and construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2020
The contract of the building of the CSP has been awarded by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to a consortium comprising of Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and China's Shanghai Electric. The project will have the world's tallest solar tower, measuring 260 metres.
It will be built in The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the IPP model. The CSP project, which represents the fourth phase of the Solar Park, will generate 700MW of clean energy to support Dubai's electricity grid. The project is considered an integral part of the emirate's Clean Energy Strategy 2050.
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"We have made steady progress in realising the goals of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that was launched as part of our objective to transform Dubai into a global clean energy and green economy hub. The carbon footprint of Dubai will be the lowest in the world by 2030," said Sheikh Mohammed.
Dubai is taking great steps forward to become a clean city, and we couldn't be happier!