10 Jan '12, 10am

Dubai to build giant $3bn solar power park, reports @businessgreen #environmentnetwork

Dubai has become the latest Gulf state to unveil ambitious renewable energy plans, after the emirate's royal family confirmed it is to build a 48 square kilometre solar park boasting 1GW of capacity. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park - named after Sheikh Mohammed, the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai who also attended yesterday's official unveiling of the plans - will be built in two phases over the next two decades at an estimated cost of Dh12bn ($3.27bn). FURTHER READING India appoints ex-nuclear chief as new boss for Solar Mission DOE: Rare earth shortages may damage clean tech growth Saeed Al Tayer, vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy, said the project was part of wider plans to increase Dubai's renewable energy capacity. "We have a plan to diversify the energy [sector] in Dubai and to increase solar power to 1 per cent by 2020 and five per cent...

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