The UAE, a vast desert land, receives more sun than any other country on the planet and has the perfect opportunity to harness the power of this natural renewable energy source. Also, the rapid rise in global temperatures has compelled the UAE’s government to proactively adopt an ambitious energy plan. In this piece, we brief you on how UAE intends to shift towards clean energy and ways Electric Way pledges to support its transition.
In line with global vision to reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of green energy sources the UAE’s Energy Strategy 2050 was launched in 2017. It aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix to 25-50 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050.
A massive 163-billion-dollar budget has been set aside for meeting this goal and the energy mix would comprise 44 percent from renewable energy, 38 percent gas, 12 percent clean fossils and the remaining 6 percent from nuclear energy. Turning into a model and global hub for development of renewal energy sources, the UAE has laid out mega projects comprising photo-voltaic (PV) panels to convert the sun’s energy into electricity apart from other green developments. Some of the noteworthy solar projects in the UAE include:
– Sustainable projects like Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and the Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) Solar Park in Dubai have garnered international attention on UAE’s efforts to embrace alternative energy sources. The MBR Solar Park is one of the largest solar infrastructures and the largest generator of renewable energy from a single location. The project has the capacity to generate 5,000 MW which would amount to 25% of the total energy requirement in Dubai.
– A 100 MW concentrated solar power plant (CSP), Shams Solar Station operates near Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi, and is the largest CSP plant outside the United States and Spain. The project is expected to be followed by two more stations, Shams 2 and Shams 3.
– The Masdar City 10MW Solar Photo-voltaic Plant was the first grid-connected renewable energy project in the UAE and the largest of its kind in the Middle East. The facility produces about 17,500 megawatt-hours of clean electricity annually and offsets 15,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
– In 2020 the 2 GW Al Dhafra project announced by Abu Dhabi will erect a 20 square kms (7.7 sq mi) PV plant in Al Dhafra region, about 35km south of the city, using bifacial crystalline technology. It will offer the lowest solar energy tariff in the world – AED 4.97 fils/kWh (USD 1.35 cents/kWh) and is due to be commissioned. The plant’s 3.5 million solar panels are expected to generate enough electricity for about 160,000 homes and offset 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
– The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) unveiled several clean energy projects. Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), a company owned by DEWA, will retrofit more than 30,000 buildings in the Emirate of Dubai by 2030 and upgrade them with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems.
Electric Way, a leading electric supplier/lighting supplier in Dubai, strongly supports the energy transition in the UAE and is proud to distribute some of the industry’s most durable and energy-efficient brands. We have supplied projects with a wide range of solar cables (in accordance with BS EN 50618, meeting harmonized standard H1Z2Z2-K) to interconnect panels and components of photovoltaic systems. With high insulation sheathing, our weatherproof cables handle high UV radiation and survive extreme temperatures. We also supply solar lighting units, EV charging systems, motion sensors and other eco-friendly technologies to leading organizations in UAE.
In line with our commitment to UAE’s sustainable goals, we actively propagate the cause of energy conservation with LED lighting, smart motion sensors, home automation systems, and many more energy-saving technologies. When we enter 2050, UAE is sure to cement its position as one of the leading green and sustainable cities in the world.