Dubai invests $3.9 billion to build the world’s largest solar power project

In a bid to increase its share of clean energy, Dubai is all geared to build its largest Concentrated Solar Project (CSP) that would run a 700 megawatt (MW) solar power station and feature the world’s tallest tower measuring 260 metre to receive focussed sunlight. CSP technology uses mirrors or lenses to focus the sun’s light energy into heat to create steam that can run a turbine to generate electricity. A consortium consisting of Shanghai Electric and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power have been awarded a $3.9 billion contract by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. The consortium proposed to supply electricity to the country at 7.3 U.S. cents per kilowatt hour.

The project is expected to be completed by late 2020, just in time for World Expo to be held in Dubai. It is part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and would be located at the Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park – the single site renewable energy project which is expected to generate 1,000MW by 2020 and 5000MW by 2030. The government targets to strategically increase its share of clean energy to 7 percent by 2020, 25 percent by 2010 and 75 percent by 2050.

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India’s first solar power plant to be launched in Delhi metro station

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) launched the working of its solar power plant in Dwarka Sector, 21 metro station. This first-of-its-kind initiative in the country was inaugurated by Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu at Metro Bhavan in the presence of Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and Renewable energy, Piyush Goyal,

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and DMRC Managing Director, Mangu Singh.

“I feel very happy and proud that DMRC has done it in record time. This initiative… To meet DMRC’s power requirements is an all-out effort to promote renewable energy. The need of the hour is to promote renewable energy as 80 per cent of our fossil fuel is used to meet our power needs and it is not a very happy situation,” Naidu said.

The roof top solar plant is the largest in Delhi-NCR under the Renewable Energy Service model. It is cooperation between DMRC and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) working towards the commercialization of solar energy in India. ‘Comsolar’ is the project which is being commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany aiming to support the New and Renewable Energy Ministry under the JNN Solar Mission.

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