UAE Sets Clean Energy Pace

UAE Sets Clean Energy Pace

Ram Tumuluri “Dubai has grown into a global pioneer in the clean and renewable energy sector. It has developed a range of strategies and practices to increase energy sector efficiency while streamlining usage and seeking alternative solutions to conventional energy. This promotes the Emirate’s sustainable development. The 2050 Dubai Clean Energy Strategy seeks to generate 7 percent of Dubai’s overall renewable energy production by 2020. This goal is predicted to rise to 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050.”

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The current UAE capacity

UAE Energy Strategy 2050

The Current UAE capacity

The UAE pursues an ambitious target for renewable energy with Dubai leading by commissioning a solar park of 800MW. This is the third phase of this clean energy program to install 1,013MW of renewables, which is around 8.65 percent of the total capacity currently available. In the third part of this initiative, the DEWA also set the lowest price worldwide of 2.99 cents per kWh, which will help the solar plant perform better. 

The current UAE capacity is 11,700 MW. This gives Dubai Electricity and Water Authority the boost to pull ahead of the seven percent renewable energy target set in the UAE by 2020. Moreover, the UAE plans to increase its goal for renewable energy generation to 30 percent by 2030. It also plans to meet 25 to 30 percent of its demand for electricity from both nuclear and solar energy.

UAE Energy Strategy 2050 

Crossing the reported 7 percent renewable energy target in 2020 is a major achievement for the emirate and brings Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ahead of its peers. Notably, a further 1,850MW in the fourth and fifth phases of MBR Solar Park is expected to be completed by 2021. The added capacity will take the share of renewable energy to around 24 percent of the total, almost one-third of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy’s target of 75 percent by 2050.

Two more phases of this project are scheduled to occur in 2021, each with a capacity of 1.850MW. The UAE Energy Strategy 2050 aims at achieving an energy mix that blends conventional and traditional energy sources to balance economic needs and environmental objectives.