Solar power

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into an electric current using the photovoltaic effect.

The International Energy Agency projected in 2014 that under its "high renewables" scenario, by 2050, solar photovoltaics and concentrated solar power would contribute about 16 and 11 percent, respectively, of the worldwide electricity consumption, and solar would be the world's largest source of electricity. Most solar installations would be in China and India.

Photovoltaics were initially solely used as a source of electricity for small and medium-sized applications, from the calculator powered by a single solar cell to remote homes powered by an off-grid rooftop PV system. As the cost of solar electricity has fallen, the number of grid-connected solar PV systems has grown into the millions and utility-scale solar power stations with hundreds of megawatts are being built. Solar PV is rapidly becoming an inexpensive, low-carbon technology to harness renewable energy from the Sun.

Latest News for: Emirates solar power


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid visits Dh50bn mega solar park project

The National 24 Nov 2020
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid visited the world's largest single-site solar energy park in Dubai on Tuesday ... Major milestone reached in Dubai solar power mega project ... It is being built in an effort to reduce reliance on natural gas and diversify the emirate's power sources....

Sudan signs MOU for construction of 500 MW of solar power firms

Construction Review Online 04 Nov 2020
... of solar power firms with a total capacity of 500 MW....

These are the five big solar schemes that anchor the Middle East's pivot to a greener future

The National 26 Oct 2020
Dewa is building the world’s largest solar energy park in an effort to reduce reliance on natural gas and diversify its power sources ... The tariff received on the Dhafra scheme, during the middle of the pandemic, is 44 per cent lower than that of the Noor Abu Dhabi project, the emirate's first solar PV scheme. Ouarzazate Solar Power Station....

Investors in Syria warm to nation's solar future

China Daily 14 Oct 2020
Several projects have been implemented in the northwestern province of Tartous and the southern province of Sweida by investors who have gone into solar power ... In another area in Sweida, Median Ayyoub invested in solar power after leaving his job in the United Arab Emirates....

Netanyahu: I will bring UAE investments to the Negev

The Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2020
 . Noting that the Negev is the place where “you develop desert agriculture, water and solar power,” Netanyahu said that “these things are of great interest to our friends in the Emirates.”   ...  . Among the topics it is championing is the creation of a new major international airport in Nevatim.   ...   ... ....

UAE to invest on solar power in Afghanistan

MENA FN 13 Aug 2020
(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT News KABUL. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to invest on a solar power project in Afghanistan that would produce ... ....

Taqa eyes international investments as it pursues clean energy projects

The National 05 Aug 2020
Taqa and Masdar consortium to develop world’s largest solar power plant in Abu Dhabi ... Earlier this month, a consortium led by Taqa and Masdar, in partnership with France’s EDF and JinkoPower, won the bid to develop the world’s largest solar power plant with a total capacity of 2 gigawatts in Abu Dhabi....

Garbage Dump to Morph Into Solar Farm in UAE's Arabian Desert

Canada Dot Com 27 Jul 2020
convert it into a solar-power farm ... Bee’ah, which means environment in Arabic, plans to build the solar farm on 47 hectares (116 acres) of closed landfill in the emirate of Sharjah, near Dubai ... and nuclear power — by then....

UAE's Bee'ah to transform landfill site into solar farm

Arabian Business 27 Jul 2020
A waste management firm in the United Arab Emirates has a novel idea for ... convert it into a solar-power farm ... The OPEC member targets meeting half of its energy needs from sources other than fossil fuels - including solar, wind and nuclear power - by then....

TAQA, Masdar consortium to develop world's largest solar power plant in Abu Dhabi

Arabian Business 26 Jul 2020
... world’s largest solar power plant in Abu Dhabi. Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) awarded the contract to develop the 2 GW Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic, PV, Independent Power Producer, IPP, project, which will be located approximately 35 kilometres from Abu Dhabi city....

Air pollution causing 65,000 annual deaths in Middle East, report finds

The National 24 Jul 2020
“They are bringing in huge solar power plants ... Last year, commercial operations began at the 1.2 GW Noor Abu Dhabi solar power plant in the Emirates ... Meanwhile, the forthcoming Al Dhafra plant in Abu Dhabi, with an eventual 2GW capacity, will be the largest single-site solar power plant in the world....

Covid-19 crisis could mark turning point in progress on climate change

The Irish Times 27 Jun 2020
... opportunity to help it transition steel production from coal-powered to hydrogen-fuelled ... Meanwhile, a new two-gigawatt solar installation in Abu Dhabi will soon provide sustainable, carbon-neutral power to the Emirate for less than half the cost of coal generation.  ....

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