First unit of Dubai’s giant concentrated solar plant commissioned

The project, estimated to cost $14 billion, will have a total capacity of 5GW

Dubai starts fourth phase of giant concentrated solar plant

The 700MW project is part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, claimed to be the biggest of its kind in the world

New solar in Dubai ‘to save 2.4m tonnes of emissions’

A proposed concentrated solar power (CSP) plant near Dubai is expected to save 2.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. The 700MW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, to be developed by ACWA Power, will be spread over the equivalent area of more than 4,500 football fields. It will be mostly made up of […]

Philips Lighting buys traceable green power in the Gulf

Philips Lighting has announced the purchase of traceable renewable electricity in the Gulf region. It is the first major international company to secure its green energy usage in the Gulf using the International REC Standard (I-REC). It is a global standard for documenting renewable energy consumption used in regions where no similar documentation scheme exists […]

How energy efficient are buildings in Dubai?

A new project to assess the energy performance of buildings in Dubai has been launched. Emirates Green Building Council (GBC) and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) have joined forced for the ‘Benchmarking Project’ of 100 buildings in the city. It will be done under the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) programme, part of the […]

Dubai to double energy efficiency by 2030

Dubai is set to double the energy efficiency of its buildings and infrastructure by 2030. The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) has joined the UN’s Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to make sure it achieves this goal. Energy efficiency policies can result in reductions of up to 50% in both new and existing buildings, saving […]

Dubai unveils strategy to boost hybrid and EV use

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has launched a strategy to boost the use of hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) by 2020. The ‘Dubai Green Mobility’ initiative aims to ensure at least 2% of new cars sold in the next four years are low emissions vehicles. It is set to increase to 10% by 2030. The […]

‘Lots of opportunities’ for UK firms to invest in Dubai energy sector

UK businesses have “lots of opportunitites” to invest in Dubai’s energy sector. That’s according to Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO at Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) who talked about the region’s power sector. Mr Al Tayer told ELN: “Dubai is open for everybody and there is more opportunity in retrofit buildings, in green […]

Dubai shopping centre wins sustainability rating

A shopping centre in Dubai has won a prestigious global certification for being sustainable. City Centre Mirdif was awarded the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold EBOM (Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance) certification. It is the US Green Building Council’s programme that recognises best-in-class building strategies and practices. Majid Al Futtaim, which owns the […]

Dubai adds more solar power to grid

ABB has won a solar order worth $20 million (£12.6m) in Dubai. It will extend the substation at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, which will integrate more solar energy into the grid. Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), which awarded the contract, aims to double the capacity of the facility to 200MW – enough electricity […]