Dubai Starts Desert Solar Plant as Part of World’s Biggest Park


Dubai’s government-owned utility completed a 200-megawatt power plant one month ahead of schedule as part of a plan to build the world’s largest solar energy park by 2030. The 1.2 billion dirham ($327 million) solar plant in the Dubai desert, led by developer ACWA Power International of Saudi Arabia, was scheduled to be completed in April. Dubai plans to have 5,000 megawatts of solar capacity at the park by 2030 as it seeks to reduce reliance on natural gas as the main source of energy for electricity. The solar plant started on 19th March 2017 will produce enough electricity for 50,000 homes. The United Arab Emirates, which holds about 6 per cent of global crude reserves, plans to spend 600 billion dirhams on renewable energy by the middle of the century.