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


Dubai’s Dewa gets record-low bid to build solar-power plant

Gulf News 13 Oct 2019
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority selected a contractor that submitted a “record” low bid to build a 900-megawatt solar-power plant in the emirate, Managing Director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said ... The United Arab Emirates had 594 megawatts of installed solar capacity at ......

DEWA connects 1,354 solar installations with grid

Gulf News 08 Oct 2019
... power and export any excess to the power grid ... “Shams Dubai gives Dubai’s residents the opportunity to transform their buildings into sustainable ones, reduce the Emirate’s carbon footprint, and increase the proportion of solar power in Dubai’s environmentally-friendly energy mix....

Uzbekistan announces winner of int'l tender for solar power plant construction

Xinhua 05 Oct 2019
5 (Xinhua) -- Uzbek Energy Ministry on Saturday announced United Arab Emirates' Masdar Clean Energy as the winner in the country's first competitive tender for a solar power public-private partnership project ... to supply solar power at 2.7 U.S....

Noor Energy 1 gets CBI certification for green financing

Gulf Daily News 03 Oct 2019
The flagship project is a collaboration between the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), Acwa Power, a leading Saudi developer, owner, and operator of power generation and water desalination plants; and the Silk Road Fund, reported Emirates news agency Wam....

How Emirates' catering unit plans to cut CO2 emissions

Arabian Business 25 Sep 2019
Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), one of the world's largest catering operations, has commissioned a solar power system across its premises which is expected to deliver an annual reduction of 3 million kg of greenhouse gas emissions ... EKFC's solar rooftop power plant comprises 8,112 individual solar panels....

Emirates commissions solar plant to cut greenhouse gas

Gulf News 24 Sep 2019
Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) has commissioned a state-of-the-art solar power system across its premises which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by three million kilograms - the equivalent of what 518 homes use in a year....

UAE invests $4 million to lift women out of poverty in Liberia

The National 09 Sep 2019
... enable the women working in poultry and vegetable production to cope with possible financial crises in their lives, according to Emirates News Agency WAM. Energy company Masdar will set up a solar-powered power supply system for modern production of vegetables, poultry, and rice....

Dubai airport reflects the futuristic city that lies beyond

The National 12 Aug 2019
In December last year, it welcomed its billionth passenger ... Plans are underway to integrate solar-powered and self-driving cars into ground transportation and Emirates airline chief Tim Clark envisions innovative measures in the near future, with robots handing passengers their baggage ... Dubai's airport has done much to dispel that fusty image ... SHARE. ....

UAE to build three schools in cyclone-hit Fiji

The National 27 Jul 2019
UAE opens solar-powered water station in Yemen. The Emirates Red Crescent would finance the projects in line with the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa to support the development of infrastructure in areas affected by environmental disasters in Fiji....

Humans have an interest in inhabiting Mars

Deccan Chronicle 27 Jul 2019
The solar powered Chinese rover will be around 250 kg. The fourth mission is from the United Arab Emirates and they are using a Japanese rocket to get to Mars ... The other planets of our solar system are very different from Earth ... It is currently testing the engines powered by methane ......

UAE Switches On Largest Solar Farm

Oil Price 01 Jul 2019
The United Arab Emirates have launched the largest single solar power farm in the world, the 1.18-GW Noor Abu Dhabi, Endgadget reports citing a tweet by the Abu Dhabi government. The facility, which dwarfs the largest solar farm in the United States—the 569-MW Solar Star—is only comparable to solar parks, which combine several separate solar farms....

Silk Road Fund facilitates financial integration along Belt and Road

People Daily 08 May 2019
Under the joint efforts of the Silk Road Fund and other global investors and loaners, the Yamal liquefied natural gas project in Russia, the Karot hydropower station in Pakistan, as well as the concentrated solar power project and the Hassyan clean coal project in Dubai, United Arab Emirates are in smooth progress....

Sharjah to build Dh2bn solar-powered sustainable city

The National 27 Mar 2019
Sharjah has become the latest emirate in the UAE to build a solar-powered community, after the state-controlled investment fund said it will develop a Dh2 billion sustainable city in partnership with a Dubai-based real estate developer ... on solar power and recycle waste and water....