Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, announced on Twitter on September 16 the Emirates’ plan to build the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. The project is a massive milestone for Dubai, which has recently been taking active steps in order to become a more eco-friendly city. The Sheikh’s series of tweets shared what the plant is imagined to look like, as well as important details about the project such as price, size and what changes it plans to bring.
Dubai plans to generate 75% of its energy using renewable resources by 2050, and this CSP plant will be responsible for that. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Complex extension project is estimated to cost AED 14 billion and include the tallest solar tower in the world, at 260-meters tall. Another feature that makes the solar plant special, although more expensive, is that it will be able to store solar energy once the sun has gone down, which is not possible through PV (photovoltaic) technology.
Dubai dreams of having the smallest carbon footprint in the world by 2050, which makes the creation of this CSP plant so crucial for the city’s future. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has chosen Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power and China’s Shanghai Power to build this epic extension to the already existing solar plant, which is more than three times larger than the initial plan the city had. Considering the strong sun Dubai has during the entire year, this is the ideal way to generate energy for the Emirate, in order to benefit not only Dubai itself but the rest of the world by reducing carbon emissions. This means the city will soon not only be known for being home to the tallest building in the world, but for setting an example in protecting the environment.