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


Al Tayer witnesses start of Dubai International Baja

Urdu Point 18 Feb 2021
Dubai International Baja is the first Fédération Internationale de l'automobile (FIA) World Cup cross-country event to be run on solar power ... The rally’s headquarters and the Service Park are run on solar power from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world....

Dubai International Baja walks into record books

Gulf News 17 Feb 2021
The Dubai International Baja will enter the record books this weekend as the first FIA World Cup cross-country event to be run on solar power ... “We are glad to support the first FIA World Cup cross-country event to be run on solar power at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park....
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BMW buys first aluminium made using solar energy from UAE's EGA

The National 02 Feb 2021
German car maker BMW said signed a deal with the UAE's Emirates Global Aluminium to source the metal produced using solar power to manufacture car parts as it looks to slash carbon emissions ... Producing aluminium is highly energy-intensive, the use of green power – such as solar electricity – offers considerable potential for reducing CO2 emissions....

Masdar and Bee’ah joint venture to develop UAE’s first solar landfill project

The National 21 Jan 2021
Emirates Waste to Energy Company, a joint venture between Bee’ah and Masdar, will develop the UAE’s first solar landfill project in Sharjah to boost the emirate’s renewable energy generation capacity ... It is developing a number of renewable energy projects including the world’s largest solar power plant in Abu Dhabi....

Uzbekistan to commission 9 power plants in 2021 amid rising domestic consumption 15 Jan 2021
Also France's Total Eren and the United Arab Emirates' Masdar companies are expected to commission two solar power plants in Samarkand and Navoi regions, respectively, in ......

14 new speed radars installed on UAE roads

Khaleej Times 09 Jan 2021
Solar-powered radars in Ras Al Khaimah to reduce emirate's carbon footprint ....

How the UAE is taking the climate change fight into 2021

The National 08 Jan 2021
The UAE’s clean power capacity, including solar and nuclear, is on track to reach 14 GW by 2030 – a remarkable progress from just above 100 MW in 2015 ... Solar power achievements. Al Dhafra region in the emirate of Abu Dhabi is about to become home to the world’s largest solar power plant with the capacity of 2 GW....

Abu Dhabi secures funding to build world’s largest solar power plant

Arab News 22 Dec 2020
(TAQA) on Tuesday announced it has secured funding to build the world’s largest solar power plant. The successful financial closing of Al-Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer (IPP) project was achieved alongside TAQA’s partners Masdar, EDF Renewables and JinkoPower....

Why the carbon footprint of oil companies matters

The National 21 Dec 2020
The first is oil and gas combusted by oil companies to power their operations, or leaked or deliberately flared when unwanted ... The planned connection of its offshore fields to the onshore grid will allow it to use the emirate’s growing nuclear and solar power generation that is zero-carbon....

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....