11 Jan '12, 6pm

Dubai complements world’s tallest building with ginormous #solar farm:

The largest solar farm in the Middle East will be financed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai. He was also a big promoter of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (the one Tom Cruise is climbing on in the video), so the man clearly has a taste for large projects. If you know what I mean. This latest effort will, in one fell swoop, take Dubai from an effectively solar-free nation to one that gets around five percent of its projected 2030 energy use from the sun. It will be the largest solar power project in the Middle East, which despite being blessed with a surplus of sunlight does not have any countries on the list of the world's top 10 solar producers, reports Mark Halper at SmartPlanet . At one gigawatt, the Dubai solar park will rank right up there with some of the world’s biggest solar facilities. It would represent an exponential spike ...

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