Solar Plant Just Latest Initiative

DUBAI — The UAE has introduced a range of sustainable development measures in the recent years to combat the toll its rapid development is taking on the environment. Only this week, it announced that the Middle East’s largest solar panel manufacturing plant would be set up in Dubai.

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Published: Fri 31 Oct 2008, 12:25 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:40 PM

The plant, due to start production in 2010, is expected to accelerate the adoption of solar energy by rapidly expanding manufacturing capacity and reducing the cost of production, according to Dilip Rahulan, chairman and CEO of Solar Technologies FZE, the company responsible for the initiative.

However, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Managing Director and CEO Saeed Al Tayer told Khaleej Times in an interview this month that although renewable energy was being considered, its adoption was more likely to be encouraged by the consumer end rather than at the source of energy production. He further stated solar power required substantial space to generate any significant energy amount.

But in Abu Dhabi, Masdar - an initiative which incorporates a research and development facility for renewable energy, investment fund and carbon neutral city - is going full steam, according to Masdar property development director Khaled Awad.

Awad, speaking at the Middle East Green Building event, said the development’s use of renewable energy would ensure it not only supported the incorporated buildings, but produced a surplus of clean energy.

In Dubai, where buildings and their construction are the largest contributor of carbon emissions, green building legislation has been introduced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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