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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - SOLAR ENERGY

Solar park to produce 13MW of power

Posted on 21/03/2013

Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will start producing power with a capacity of 13MW by the end of this year, Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), said on Wednesday. He said: "The first phase of production will start with a capacity of 13MW while by 2030 the park will produce 1,000MW.” Dewa is working on spreading awareness among consumers about the advantages of solar energy usage, and encouraging the private sector to invest in the solar energy ...  >>MORE

IRENA applauds UAE solar launch

Posted on 20/03/2013

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has welcomed the activation of the world's largest operational Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) facility to date, as the Middle East turns to clean energy to fuel future growth. The Shams 1 thermosolar plant - in the desert of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates - adds 100 megawatts (MW) of sustainable, renewable electricity to the national grid, which otherwise consumes fossil fuels. The US$600m, 2.5 square kilometre plant was ...  >>MORE

Masdar launches Shams 1, the world's largest concentrated solar power plant in operation

Posted on 18/03/2013

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi yesterday officially inaugurated Shams 1, the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in operation in the world. Located in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, the 100-megawatt, grid connected power plant will generate clean energy to power 20,000 homes in the UAE. His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed his pride in the inauguration of Shams 1, calling ...  >>MORE

UAE is moving steadily towards comprehensive development, says Mohamed bin Zayed

Posted on 18/03/2013

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has said that the UAE is moving steadily towards establishing a new, advanced and developed concept of comprehensive development so as to boost the country's status globally. While attending the inauguration ceremony of the Shams 1 plant, the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in operation in the world. He added that President His Highness Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Minister of Environment stresses importance of Shams 1 Plant

Posted on 18/03/2013

Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water has stressed that the launch of Shams1 Plant, the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in operation in the world, aims to diversify sources of energy in accordance with the policy chalked out by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan He congratulated in a statement yesterday the UAE President and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of ...  >>MORE

Shams 1 plant reflects vision of the leadership on development of renewable energy, says Hamdan bin Zayed

Posted on 18/03/2013

H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region said the UAE led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and follow up by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, looks forward to diversifying sources of energy. He said in a statement on the occasion of inauguration of Shams1 Plant that the project represents one of the main sources of ...  >>MORE

UAE solar plant boosts bid for green energy

Posted on 17/03/2013

Shams 1, the world's largest solar power plant located at Madinat Zayed with a capacity to generate 100 megawatts, will be inaugurated on Sunday. Built at a cost of US$600 million, Shams 1 will contribute towards Abu Dhabi's target of achieving seven per cent renewable energy power generation capacity by 2020. Power demand in Abu Dhabi is growing rapidly and is expected to reach 20 gigawatts by 2020. An industry source familiar with the developments told Gulf News on Saturday the plant was ...  >>MORE

World’s largest solar power plant Shams-1 built at cost of US$600m near Abu Dhabi

Posted on 14/03/2013

The inauguration of the world's largest solar power plant in operation, the US$600 million, 100 megawatt Shams-1 located 120 kilometres southwest of Abu Dhabi will enable its parent Masdar gain a competitive edge in developing and investing in similar projects in the region, a senior official at Shams-1 said yesterday. "The project will build a track record for Masdar for developing such renewable projects that operate in harsh weather conditions combining dust, high temperature and strong ...  >>MORE

Shams 1 renewable energy project to be opened on March 17

Posted on 26/02/2013

Shams 1, the largest renewable energy project in the Middle East, which will generate 100 megawatts of clean and sustainable energy at a cost of Dh2.2 billion (US$600 million), will be officially inaugurated on March 17. This was disclosed yesterday by Masdar, a Mubadala company. According to Masdar, Shams 1 will be one of the largest concentrated solar power [CSP] plants in the world, extending over an area of 2.5 square kilometres with a capacity of approximately 100 MW. The company said ...  >>MORE

UAE taking on renewable energy challenge

Posted on 26/02/2013

The UAE is making great strides towards the creation of infrastructure for sustainable development, where the country has turned in recent years into a global centre for the development of many of these foundations, in particular sources of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power. The UAE's approach was not confined to the import of technology and generating oil revenues, as was the case 50 years ago, when oil was discovered and exported in commercial quantities. But, the UAE has become ...  >>MORE

TAQA starts pilot for solar cooling technology in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/01/2013

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) and Chromasun Inc. (Chromasun), the California-based solar panel manufacturer, have begun a pilot project for roof-top solar air-conditioning in Abu Dhabi. TAQA installed 27 Chromasun Micro-Concentrator (MCT) solar panels on the rooftop of Abu Dhabi Transmission '&' Despatch Company (TRANSCO) in Abu Dhabi on 13 January 2012. The concentrated solar panels will provide clean renewable solar energy to the building's air-conditioning system during ...  >>MORE

Taqa buys 50% stake in US wind farm from EDF

Posted on 10/01/2013

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has agreed to buy a 50% interest in the 205.5 megawatt (MW) Lakefield wind project located in the Midwestern United States from a subsidiary of France-based utility Electricite de France SA (EDF). The fully operational Lakefield wind project, located in Jackson County, Minnesota, consists of 137 General Electric 1.5 MW wind turbines with the capacity to generate 205.5 MW of emissions-free electricity for more than 68,000 homes. The electricity is ...  >>MORE

Turbine installation complete at London Array

Posted on 16/12/2012

London: London Array announced that the 175th and last turbine at the first 630MW phase of the London Array Offshore Wind Farm has been installed, marking the end of major construction activities. Turbine installation began in January 2012 and has been completed by MPI Discovery, A2SEA's Sea Worker and Sea Jack. With all turbines in place and 55 connected and supplying power to the national grid, the wind farm is on track to be fully operational in Spring 2013. The wind farm has been ...  >>MORE

Enpark and Solar Middle East join forces to lead regional sustainable energy revolution

Posted on 18/11/2012

Environment and Energy Park (Enpark), has yesterday announced an agreement with Solar Middle East exhibition and conference to boost the growth of the Solar and Photovoltaic (PV) sectors in one of the most sunlight abundant regions in the world. Located in Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone, and designed to facilitate the growth of energy environment businesses in the Middle East, Enpark will come onboard the inaugural edition of Solar Middle East as a Strategic Partner. Solar Middle East, ...  >>MORE

UAE ups profile at Indian Ocean group

Posted on 04/11/2012

The UAE is taking its green responsibility seriously and has offered to host the Indian Ocean Rim renewable energy forum next year. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, speaking at the 12th ministerial meeting of the association in Gurgaon on Friday, said UAE officials will discuss with the IOR-ARC secretariat on how to take the proposal forward. The UAE is home to the International Energy Agency and much can be gained by the group in developing and promoting ...  >>MORE

With Masdar partnership: World's biggest offshore wind farm begins to produce power

Posted on 30/10/2012

London: E.ON - Masdar alliance announced that the wind turbines of the London Array project began to rotate and generate electricity on Monday. UAE's Masdar owns 20pc of the London Array, the world's largest offshore wind farm situated 20 kilometres off the east coast of Britain. London Array project has a 630MW power generation capacity and once fully operational will boast 870 MW capacity. The first 151 wind turbines of the London Array project became operational on Monday and the ...  >>MORE

UAE works hard for sustainable energy

Posted on 22/10/2012

As one of the world's largest oil producers, the UAE is doing everything but resting on its laurels when it comes to its ensuring future contributions to the global energy sector. A slew of renewable energy projects now in the works across the country from solar and wind power has put the UAE in the top levels of countries vying to diversify energy production to meet future demands while remaining sustainable. The UAE aims to produce seven per cent of its electricity, for example, through ...  >>MORE

UAE poised to become leader in renewable energy

Posted on 11/10/2012

There is no shortage of natural resources in the UAE which holds the world's sixth-largest oil reserves and has the fifth-largest national gas reserve, a privileged position which has garnered substantial economic benefits for the nation ever since the union in 1971. In recent years, however, with ecological scarcities plaguing the planet, and energy consumption continuously on the rise, the UAE has sought to considerably reduce its dependency on oil. Instead, it has focused on the sustainable ...  >>MORE

UAE gears up for mega energy conference

Posted on 23/09/2012

The UAE will play host to dozens of heads of state, scores of national energy ministers and hundreds of top leaders from the energy industry as it gears up to hold the World Energy Forum in Dubai next month to build a roadmap towards cleaner, safer and more sustainable energy that can benefit all nations and people. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, this will be the first time that ...  >>MORE

Dubai to have one of the biggest solar parks in the region

Posted on 19/09/2012

Dubai will soon build one of the biggest solar parks in the region with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, announced at the Mena Renewable Energy Forum. The park, named Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, will have a 1,000MW capacity by 2030, and would make a substantial contribution to Dubai's future energy needs. The first phase, which involves a 13 MW solar PV plant, will be in operation before end of ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Mubarak champions green lab project

Posted on 26/08/2012

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works, has adopted a "green laboratory” project. The new initiative aims to run a whole laboratory by using solar energy and air fans. It also attempts to offer scientific sustainable devices to students and to prepare for the curriculum by highlighting the importance of sustainability. Sheikh Hamdan presented his new policies on sustainability in his meeting with the Ministry on Thursday. The new initiatives include a move towards a ...  >>MORE

Dubai lights up major solar power plan

Posted on 09/08/2012

Dubai Municipality plans to use solar technology to reduce its consumption of traditionally produced electricity and water by 20 per cent over the next five years. "[The municipality has] taken a number of initiatives in terms of energy efficiency and conservation," Nejib Zaafrani, the chief executive of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) said yesterday. Solar energy plays a part in the efforts to go green and lighting in parks and public places will in future be powered by solar ...  >>MORE

Masdar City installs first rapid charger in Middle East

Posted on 31/07/2012

Masdar City, has installed the Middle East's first rapid charging station in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI), as part of its on-going efforts to promote sustainable transportation and serve as a test bed for cutting edge development in clean and sustainable technology. The pilot project aims to assess how efficiently the rapid charger technology will function in the region's harsh climatic conditions. The CHAdeMO-certified Rapid Charger (EFACEC, EV QC) is a high ...  >>MORE

Dubai homes to generate their own solar power

Posted on 24/07/2012

Households in Dubai could soon generate their own electricity using solar technology and feed any excess back into the power grid. Energy experts and government officials are "in the final stages" of a plan to remove the obstacles to such a scheme - a lack of regulations and clear framework for usage and costs - and make it easier for residents to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on roofs to transform sunlight into electricity. The aim, said Waleed Salman, chairman of the Dubai Carbon Centre, ...  >>MORE

Drydocks World Dolphin beta launches largest world wind-powered offshore platform

Posted on 24/06/2012

Drydocks World said that construction has begun on DolWin beta, the world's largest Wind Power HVDC Offshore Platform for Aibel AS, a leading service company that works within the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors. A steel cutting ceremony was held to mark the occasion attended by H. H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group as the Guest of Honour at the ceremony. Also present were prominent people from ...  >>MORE

Sun is shining on prospects for solar power

Posted on 26/05/2012

The days when it was cost-prohibitive to even consider building large-scale solar power projects are abating as prices continue to decline, the Emirates Solar Industry Association said. And with costs for photovoltaic solar power generating projects more than halved in recent years, the time is ripe for Middle East countries such as the UAE to meet the emerging technology head on, said Adrian Wood, marketing and communication director of ESIA. "Solar power is a relatively new but fast ...  >>MORE

DEWA seeks consultancy services for construction of 10 MW solar power plant

Posted on 03/05/2012

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received around 150 Expressions of Interest (EOI) from contractors to build its first 10 MW solar PV power plant of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest solar park in the region, which accords with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and his directives to build a sustainable future for the Emirate of Dubai and support the energy ...  >>MORE

New solar energy plant rising from the desert

Posted on 01/04/2012

Turning high, rolling sand dunes into a site for the world's largest concentrated solar-power plant meant digging and redistributing some 5 million cubic metres of sand. That is about twice the volume of the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. But the preparatory work that started in June 2010 was only the first of many challenges for the team working on the Shams 1 power plant taking shape near Madinat Zayed, in Abu Dhabi's Western Region. When completed this year, the plant will be able to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's US$600m solar power plant to be completed this year

Posted on 29/03/2012

Abu Dhabi Solar plant Shams 1 will be completed by the end of this year and will be ready to provide Abu Dhabi with power at commercial prices. "Construction began during [the third quarter] of 2010. The project's cost is US$600 million (Dh2.2 billion) and with its completion, it will be the largest solar project in the world," Yousuf Al Ali, General Manager of Shams Power Company told Gulf News. "Once completed, Shams 1 will be one of the largest concentrated solar power [CSP] plants in ...  >>MORE

Dubai seeks bids for Dh12b solar park

Posted on 13/03/2012

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority plans to issue the first bids for a Dh12 billion solar park by September that will generate 1,000 megawatts of power by 2030. "The bids will be out in the third quarter for the first ten-megawatt unit and the contract will be awarded in the fourth quarter of this year," Fatima Al Shamsi, senior manager for New Business Development at Dewa, said. "The first unit will start operations in 2013." Dewa, Dubai's utility monopoly, awarded a contract last ...  >>MORE

Dewa awards consultancy contract

Posted on 23/02/2012

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said Wednesday it has awarded ILF engineers a consultancy contract for the development of Dubai's Dh12 billion 1,000 megawatt solar energy park, as well as the construction of a 10 MW solar project. Six international companies entered bids last Nov-ember, Dewa said in an emailed statement. The 1,000 megawatt solar energy park is expected to begin generating electricity by the end of 2013. The first solar project in the park, to be operated ...  >>MORE

Sir Bani Yas Island is home to largest wind turbine in the region

Posted on 30/01/2012

While the Middle East may seem an unlikely place for renewable power, given its abundance of fossil fuels, Sir Bani Yas Island, on the western coast of Abu Dhabi, is the site of the Middle East's largest wind turbine. The island lies 9km offshore from Jebel Dhanna, which serves as a crossing point to other islands such as Dalma. The wind turbine, which stands 65 metres high and has three rotor blades each with a 52 metre wing span, has a production capacity of 850 kilowatts per hour. ...  >>MORE

Green streetlights in Abu Dhabi save municipality Dh1 billion

Posted on 23/01/2012

Plans to fit every street light and traffic signal with energy-efficient bulbs will save the municipality up to Dh1 billion over the next 20 years, officials estimate. Light-emitting diode (Led) lights cost about 40 per cent more than traditional high-pressure sodium bulbs, said Martin Valentine, a lighting expert at the municipality. But while sodium street lights last about two years, the Led types have a life of at least 12.5 years, Mr Valentine said. With about 620,000 street lights ...  >>MORE

EAD announces completion of 22 solar desalination plants

Posted on 19/01/2012

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced yesterday the completion of the construction of 22 solar desalination plants as part of the Agency project to construct 30 solar desalination plants in different locations across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The announcement was made at the World Future Energy Summit 2012, which is being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and ...  >>MORE

Piccard plans to take off from UAE on solar plane in 2014

Posted on 18/01/2012

Dr Bertrand Piccard, who flew the world's first solar plane, is planning to make his global flight on the solar plane from the UAE in 2014. "We are discussing it with Masdar [the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company]," Piccard told Gulf News in an interview on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit on Monday. He said he is planning to start the world flight from the UAE and complete it in the UAE. Before making his pioneering solar flight, Piccard had also set a record by flying ...  >>MORE

Public Works launches first road lighting project by using solar energy

Posted on 17/01/2012

The Ministry of Public Works has accomplished the first road lighting project that extends 11km, through using solar energy. The Wadi Sidr Area was selected to apply this system, which does not require the electrical installations, lines of low and high tension. This system also contributes to reduction of the rates of carbon emissions, hence reduce the environmental impact of light on the surrounding areas. It is characterised with low cost of maintenance. Dr. Abdullah Al Nuaimi Belhef, ...  >>MORE

Dubai launches Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Posted on 10/01/2012

Under the guidance and patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Supreme Council of Energy (SCE) for Dubai has launched the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This is a leading project implemented by the SCE and managed and operated by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). This is the first utility-scale production capacity park of its kind in the region and a prelude to the ...  >>MORE

Green light: Solar power parks in Dubai

Posted on 08/01/2012

As twilight sets in, a community park behind the Mall of the Emirates flickers to life with solar-powered pole lights. Residents can be seen bringing in their youngsters to enjoy the evening breeze, walking or stretching around a patch of greenery with park benches not far from the villas and residential buildings of Al Barsha. There are six parks already fitted with solar lights, as Dubai turns to the sun for power. Two more will follow early this year, a senior official at Dubai ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, King of Spain inaugurate Gemasolar power plant

Posted on 05/10/2011

Spain-Asheville - His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said the UAE under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan continues efforts to achieve the sustainable development and contribute effectively to enhancing global energy security through dissemination of the feasibility of investing in renewable energy technology and resources to achieve balance and ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed hails inauguration of Gemasolar plant

Posted on 05/10/2011

Asheville - H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister stressed that the UAE is looking forward to participating in the best technological programmes and projects, including the renewable energy. He referred to the importance of exploiting renewable energy sources and develop technologies used in exploiting such energies to sustain the sustainable development process. Sheikh Abdullah was speaking to Abu Dhabi TV Channel during the inauguration of Gemasolar Power Plant by His ...  >>MORE

Crown Prince's Court building equipped with solar power

Posted on 05/10/2011

The Gulf International Trading Group has completed installation of PV panels on the roof of the Court of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in record time with highest quality standards in terms of engineering design and production of energy. This comes under the umbrella of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company "Masdar" and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). Chairman of the Gulf Group, Khalid Mohamed Ibrahim Al Midfa, said that in accordance with the directives of ...  >>MORE

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Solar park to produce 13MW of power


IRENA applauds UAE solar launch


Masdar launches Shams 1, the world's largest concentrated solar power plant in operation


UAE is moving steadily towards comprehensive development, says Mohamed bin Zayed


Minister of Environment stresses importance of Shams 1 Plant


Shams 1 plant reflects vision of the leadership on development of renewable energy, says Hamdan bin Zayed


UAE solar plant boosts bid for green energy


World’s largest solar power plant Shams-1 built at cost of US$600m near Abu Dhabi


Shams 1 renewable energy project to be opened on March 17


UAE taking on renewable energy challenge


TAQA starts pilot for solar cooling technology in Abu Dhabi


Taqa buys 50% stake in US wind farm from EDF


Turbine installation complete at London Array


Enpark and Solar Middle East join forces to lead regional sustainable energy revolution


UAE ups profile at Indian Ocean group


With Masdar partnership: World's biggest offshore wind farm begins to produce power


UAE works hard for sustainable energy


UAE poised to become leader in renewable energy


UAE gears up for mega energy conference


Dubai to have one of the biggest solar parks in the region


Hamdan bin Mubarak champions green lab project


Dubai lights up major solar power plan


Masdar City installs first rapid charger in Middle East


Dubai homes to generate their own solar power


Drydocks World Dolphin beta launches largest world wind-powered offshore platform


Sun is shining on prospects for solar power


DEWA seeks consultancy services for construction of 10 MW solar power plant


New solar energy plant rising from the desert


Abu Dhabi's US$600m solar power plant to be completed this year


Dubai seeks bids for Dh12b solar park


Dewa awards consultancy contract


Sir Bani Yas Island is home to largest wind turbine in the region


Green streetlights in Abu Dhabi save municipality Dh1 billion


EAD announces completion of 22 solar desalination plants


Piccard plans to take off from UAE on solar plane in 2014


Public Works launches first road lighting project by using solar energy


Dubai launches Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park


Green light: Solar power parks in Dubai


Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, King of Spain inaugurate Gemasolar power plant


Abdullah bin Zayed hails inauguration of Gemasolar plant


Crown Prince's Court building equipped with solar power