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Dubai looks to renewables to meet future energy demand

  •   Dubai is looking to solar to meet future energy demand.
    Dubai is looking to solar to meet future energy demand. Image credit: Crazy Diamond.

Resource-hungry Dubai is aiming to increase the contribution solar and other renewables make to its energy mix under a 2030 energy strategy published this week.

The emirate is aiming to generate at least 5% of its energy from renewables by 2030 and to have cut its overall energy consumption in the same timeframe by 30% through the implementation of energy efficiency measures.

One step towards these goals is already underway: the first, 13MW phase of the planned 1GW Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum solar park is due for completion next year.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority also expects distributed rooftop solar power will make a contribution to Dubai’s power needs, at around 20%, or 2,500MW by 2030.

According to reports, Dubai’s overall energy demands are expected to increase by over 5% between now and 2021, driven by an anticipated population boom of over one million.

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