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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has inaugurated the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The solar park, once complete in 2030, will be the largest single-site solar park in the world.

The fifth phase of the project will provide clean energy to around 270,000 residences in Dubai, reducing 1.18 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The park is expected to reduce 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually when fully completed.

Sheikh Mohammed Solar Park

Speaking on the inauguration, Sheikh Mohammed said, “The UAE is at the forefront of global efforts to create a more sustainable future for all of humanity by taking concrete action to transition to renewable energies and combat climate change.”

During the 2030 Year of Sustainability, His Highness Sheikh Mohamad bin Zayed, the UAE will also host COP28 – the United Nations Climate Change Conference at Expo City. Sheikh Mohammed added, “we continue to place sustainability at the heart of our development plans and make new strides in shaping a truly environmentally friendly economy.”

Dubai Solar Park

The completion of the fifth phase of the solar parks brings Dubai and the UAE just one step closer to realizing their vision for an economy fully powered by clean energy.

Sheikh Mohammed added, “Dubai has developed a clear strategy and pathway to achieve its targets of generating 25 per cent of its energy requirements from renewable sources by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2050.”

Sheikh Mohammed Solar Park

He added, “Apart from benefiting the environment, our sustainability initiatives also contribute to our plans to consolidate Dubai’s status as one of the world’s top urban economies and enhance the well-being and quality of life of our citizens and residents.”

Sheikh Mohammed was also briefed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority on the phases of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and the technologies used in the project.

Al Tayer added that several projects were implemented at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to achieve the goal of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy to provide 100 per cent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

The project is well underway with the fifth phase being completed ahead of schedule in June 2023 instead of December 2023 despite the implementation having commenced during the pandemic.

Images: Supplied by Dubai Media Office